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

Looking ahead: the NHS at 100

Looking ahead: the NHS at 100 | Healthcare Financial Management Association

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The challenges facing the NHS are significant. Waiting lists are increasing, A&E attendances are rising and access to GP
appointments can be difficult. Alongside this is a growing population who are living longer and developing more complex conditions, which increases demand on an
already overstretched service.

This report explores the key challenges the HFMA think will have the biggest impact on the financial future of health and social care.  It highlights the likely direction of travel and provides insight to help inform current decision-making.

Full report: Looking ahead: the NHS at 100


Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England

Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England | NHS Confederation

The Confederation is calling for a national conversation about what we want and can expect from the health service in England over the next ten years.   It proposes ten actions which would underpin specific priorities for a new plan.

Full document: Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England

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