Health and care integration

Interface between health and social care | Public Accounts Committee

This report highlights the widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right way forward for the health and social care system to deliver the best and most effective outcomes for people and their families.

Financial pressures and an ageing population have both increased the need for joined-up working, with local authorities reducing real-terms spending on adult social care by 5.3% between 2010-11 and 2016-17, while the number of people in England aged 85 and over rose by 28% between 2006 and 2016.

However, the report finds that the government lacks an effective overall strategy or plan to achieve its aim of integrating the health and social care sectors. It recommends the government should set out a costed 10-year plan for social care to go with its 10-year plan for the NHS.

Improved Better Care Fund

Reports on data collected from local authorities outlining how the £1.01 billion allocated for 2017-18 has been used | Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

At Spring Budget 2017, local government was provided with an additional £2 billion funding for adult social care. This funding was to be spent through the Improved Better Care Fund over the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The purpose of the grant is to:

  • meet adult social care needs
  • reduce pressures on NHS, including supporting more people to be discharged from hospital when ready
  • ensure that the local social care provider market is supported

As a condition of the funding, local authorities were required to report quarterly to MHCLG. This publication reports on data collected from local authorities outlining how the £1.01 billion allocated for 2017-18 has been used.

Full document: Improved Better Care Fund (iBCF): Quarterly and year-end reporting  2017-18

What do people want from social care?

Healthwatch | September 2018 |  What do people want from social care? 

Healthwatch have released a briefing which provides an overview on what people have told Healthwatch they want from social care in the future.


Key findings:

  1. Many people don’t know how care is funded and expect it will be free at the point of use
  2. Most people have given ‘little thought’ to their future care needs
  3. Individuals want to know if a care service is safe, will meet their needs and the comparative cost
  4. Many people don’t know where to go for information to help them plan
  5. People want a reliable and trustworthy source for advice on social care

The full briefing is available to download from Healthwatch



Call for evidence launched into social care funding in England

Parliament UK| September 2018 | Call for evidence launched into social care funding in England

The  Economic Affairs Committee, has launched its inquiry into the social care system in England and invites written contributions to its investigation. 


The Committee is seeking evidence to address and or all of the following questions:

  • What are the funding challenges for social care in England, and how can they be overcome?
  • Why have successive governments been reluctant to address challenges in the delivery of social care?
  • How can a sustainable funding model for social care supported by a  diverse and stable market be created?
  • How can the cost of the provision of social care be fairly distributed?

What lessons can be learnt from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, or from other countries, in how they approach social care?

The deadline is 9 October 2018

Full details are available here

Pioneering home alteration project between NHS and Council helps get people home from hospital sooner

NHS England | August 2018 | Pioneering home alteration project between NHS and Council helps get people home from hospital sooner

A new case study from NHS England showcases Mansfield District Council’s ASSIST scheme, whereby means homes are made safe and accessible for a patient’s return from hospital – this could include fitting a ramp, grab rails and key safes, making sure their heating works, or moving furniture to make space for a hospital bed (Source: NHS England).handrail-2489493_1920.jpg
The full case study is available to read at NHS England 

A sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term: Moving the conversation on

Local Government Association | July 2018 | A sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term: Moving the conversation on

Ahead of the Green Paper on the future of adult social care, the Local Government Association(LGA) have produced a paper that outlines the view of sector experts on issues at the heart of the debate to help define what a system fit for future generations might look like.


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The paper is the very start of the LGA’s campaign ahead of the Spending Review. They  have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country (LGA).

Adult social care at a glance

National Audit Office| July 2018 | Adult social care at a glance

This overview looks at the adult social care landscape in England, updating our report Adult social care in England: an overview (2014). This report adds to the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) work on adult social care. It provides up-to-date analysis of key trends in adult social care and highlights pressures on the system and the latest developments.

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The overview looks at:

  • What is social care?
  • Access to and types of adult social care
  • Accountability for adult social care
  • Developments since 2014
  • NAO reports on adult social care (Source: National Audit Office)

    The full report is  available to download from the National Audit Office