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Next steps for adult social care in England - funding, service improvement, and recovery from the impact of COVID-19

Afternoon, Wednesday, 16th September 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the next steps for adult social care in England.

Of course we expect a major focus for discussion to be the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector’s response, and what has been learned for the future, in the areas of:

  • inspection, ensuring quality of care and continuity - and the potential impact of the Test and Trace system on care homes as regular testing for care home staff and residents is rolled out in England
  • supporting and protecting the physical and mental health of service users, as well as care homes, staff, and domiciliary providers, and collaboration with local partners
  • resilience in the sector - particularly with regard to financial stability, safety, liability and workforce issues

Key areas for discussion:

  • Challenges facing the adult social care sector including, supporting the delivery and integration of services alongside workforce development and retention
  • The way forward for initiatives at the highest levels of government to seek a long term solution to funding, support and service provision in social care
  • The response by government and the sector to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Priorities for adult social care reform, including the next steps for policy
  • Supporting and developing the social care workforce

Why this is particularly relevant now - the context:

Policy development on reforming the adult social care system, and creating a sustainable solution for funding and providing support and services going forward, with:

  • the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care initiating moves aimed at  achieving cross-party consensus
  • the Government indicating that they will then bring forward a plan for social care for the longer term

The COVID-19 Pandemic - and the sector’s ongoing response, with:

Funding and staffing - with:

  • The reopening of the inquiry into social care funding and workforce by the Health and Social Care Select Committee, which is now looking into:
    • reforms that might be needed to the social care funding system in the long term
    • how much might need to be spent to counteract pressures on availability of care
    • workforce shortages, potential changes in the coming years and solutions to address shortages
  • the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill progressing through Parliament, with concerns that proposals around skills and salary may have an adverse impact on social care
  • the Life Assurance Scheme for families of health and social care workers who die from COVID-19 and plans to exempt care workers from the Immigration Health Surcharge,
  • warnings of a £4bn gap in social care funding by 2025 in the Local Government Association The lives we want to lead - towards change, towards hope report
  • confirmation that the additional £1bn for adult and children’s social care services announced in the Spending Round 2019 will continue every year of the current Parliament
  • MHCLG findings that almost half of councils overspend their adult social care budgets

The agenda:

  • Key challenges facing the adult social care sector: funding, workforce development and retention and COVID-19 - with Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England
  • The impact of COVID-19 on adult social care - with Deanna Westwood, Head of Adult Social Care Inspection, Care Quality Commission
  • Improving services, collaboration and patient and service user care - with Paul Burstow, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence and former Minister of State for Care Services
  • Creating a sustainably funded adult social care system - with Dr José Luis Fernández, Director, Care Policy Evaluation Centre, LSE and Director, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care
  • Approaches to funding and priorities for a cross-party consensus on adult social care reform
  • Next steps for policy and social care reform

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This conference is no different. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the DHSC; the Health and Safety Executive; and the Competition and Markets Authority.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Paul Burstow

Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence and former Minister of State for Care Services

Keynote Speakers

Professor Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Paul Burstow

Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence and former Minister of State for Care Services

Dr José Luis Fernández

Director, Care Policy Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Director, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care

Deanna Westwood

Head of Adult Social Care Inspection, Care Quality Commission


Baroness Altmann

former Minister of State for Pensions and former Director General, Saga Group

Barbara Keeley MP

Member, Health and Social Care Committee and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People


Richard Sloggett

Senior Fellow and Head of Health and Social Care, Policy Exchange and former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Professor Graeme Betts

Corporate Director for Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council

Yvonne Hignell

Chief Operating Officer, Cera Care

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn

Group Director, Care, Sanctuary Group

Fiona Carragher

Director, Research and Influencing, Alzheimer's Society