This timely conference focused 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 was 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.
Attendees also discussed how best to use any additional funding to improve services.
It followed 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 addressed 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 followed 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 were also 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 took 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 assessed how to cope with the increased demand on services whilst maintaining high quality care, following a report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which found that complaints and inquiries about adult social care continue to rise.
Further sessions addressed the key challenges facing the social care workforce, as the Minister of State for Care launched a pilot to promote jobs in adult social care - 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.