This timely conference focuses on priorities for adult social care in England - looking at options for the future funding of care, potential service redesign and priorities for policy.
The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss options for the long-term funding of adult social care in the context of the Government’s green paper on adult social care, which is expected shortly.
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’s announcement of £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 Social 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 continue 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, due to launch at the beginning of this year - 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.