Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for adult social care in England - funding, service redesign and policy

Morning, Tuesday, 15th January 2019

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


This timely conference focuses on priorities for adult social care in England - looking at funding options, service redesign and next steps for policy.

The seminar will be an opportunity to assess the key measures arising from the Government’s green paper on adult social care, due later this year, which is expected to propose options for the long-term funding of adult social care.

Delegates will assess the practicalities of any long-term funding plan and its impact on key stakeholders including service users, their families and carers, care homes, local authorities, the third sector, housing, community care and NHS bodies.

Attendees will also discuss how best to use any additional funding to improve services.

It follows the announcement in the Budget that local authorities in England will receive a further £650m in social care funding next year, the National Institute for Health Research awarding a £20m funding boost for social care research, and the Secretary of State of Health and Social Care announcing £240m in social care funding to help local authorities ease pressures on the NHS this coming winter.

Sessions will address key issues for prevention and community-based care following a commitment to increased primary care and community care spending in the NHS Long Term Plan, which will be used to provide community-based rapid response teams and dedicated support for care home residents in order to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

The seminar also follows the Secretary of State for Health and Care’s Prevention is better than cure vision, which aims to shift care into the community and reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Opportunities for utilising technology to promote personalised and flexible care will also be discussed, following the Secretary of State announcing his technology vision, which outlines plans to better join up care and NHS Digital awarding investment to launch a service offering digital support to the social care sector.

The conference takes place against the backdrop of the CQC’s annual State of Care report, which found that, while there were improvements in adult social care safety, demand for care is increasing.

Delegates will assess how to cope with the increased demand on services whilst maintaining high quality care, following a recent report from the local government and social care Ombudsman, which found that complaints and inquiries about adult social care continues to rise.

Further sessions will address the key challenges facing the social care workforce, as the Minister of State for Care launches a pilot to promote jobs in adult social care, which will inform a national recruitment programme that will launch in early 2019 - as well as progress of delivering the cross-government carers action plan to 2020, which sets out to support carers over the next two years.

Guest of Honour

Caroline Dinenage MP

Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care

Guest of Honour

Caroline Dinenage MP

Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care


Anne Marie Morris MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Health and Social Care


Professor David Grayson

Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University and Chair, Carers UK

Professor Martin Knapp

Professor of Social Policy; Director, Personal Social Services Research Unit and Director, NIHR, School for Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Michael Voges

Executive Director, Associated Retirement Community Operators

Sharon Allen

Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care

Dr Ossie Stuart

Equality and Diversity Consultant and Trustee, SCIE

David James

Head, Adult Social Care Policy, CQC