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

October 2020


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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


This conference is discussing the next steps for adult social care in England, bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers.


The discussion at a glance:


  • policy - priorities for adult social care reform
  • services - key issues for delivery and integration
  • the workforce - recruitment, development, retention and support
  • funding - the way forward for a long term solution to resources, support and service provision in social care, examining initiatives at the highest levels of government
  • COVID-19:
    • impact - as well as the sector’s response, and what has been learned for the future
    • outstanding issues - resilience in the sector, particularly with regard to safety, liability, workforce issues and financial stability, for example reacting to rising insurance premiums

A scan of relevant developments:


  • funding:
    • policy development - creating a sustainable solution going forward, the finalisation of plans and moves to build a cross-party consensus signalled in PM Economy Speech: 30 June 2020
    • The Health and Social Care Committee reopens inquiry on identifying social care funding gap - as well as an inquiry on staff burnout - looking at
      • 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
    • local government concerns - warnings of a £4bn gap in social care funding by 2025 from the LGA
    • council spending - MHCLG findings that almost half of councils overspend their adult social care budgets, outlined in Local authority capital expenditure and receipts in England
  • COVID-19:
    • COVID-19: our action plan for adult social care - from the DHSC
    • Update on policies for visiting arrangements in care homes - government guidance officially allowing further visits to care homes, with a local approach to monitoring risk and allowing visits
    • Sharing insight, asking questions, encouraging collaboration: CQC publishes first insight document on COVID-19 pressures
    • Management of the Coronavirus Outbreak - the Health and Social Care Select Committee continuing their inquiry
    • Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19 - the NAO report on preparations, including findings on PPE stockpiling and hospital patients being discharged to care homes
    • the Life Assurance Scheme - announced by the Health Secretary for families of health and social care workers who die from COVID-19
    • the Immigration Health Surcharge - an exemption for some frontline care workers from

The agenda:


  • Key challenges facing the adult social care sector: funding, workforce development and retention and COVID-19
  • The impact of COVID-19 on adult social care
  • Improving services, collaboration and patient and service user care
  • Creating a sustainably funded adult social care system
  • 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 both Houses of Parliament, and a range of officials from the DHSC; the DWP; 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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles