The All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Social Care (APPG) has launched its report ‘A Vision For Social Care’. This report identifies a number of key areas around which the reform of social care will achieve the sustainable and meaningful impact for people who access care and support.
With the upcoming social care White Paper and new announcements of funding and reform, report authors said we have a historic opportunity to drive significant changes in the future of the adult social care system. However, the report said it must be centred around a bold and ambitious vision, backed up the sustainable funding required to make it a reality.
The report sets out the complexity and scale of the social care system and provides a number of case studies to further illustrate the impact it makes on the economic and community wellbeing in areas across the country.
The report also outlines what social care should look like in 10 years and highlights three key areas: Workforce Development, Technology and Digital Transformation, Funding and Commissioning.
Some of the points outlined included:
- More joined up action between health, housing and social care and other public services.
- Adopt a human rights approach for those receiving care and support.
- Commissioners should encourage new models of care and innovation - in terms of technology, housing with care and social care practice, including greater scale in the aims of the Transforming Care agenda for people with learning disabilities with improvements in community housing provision.
- Increased scope and space for growing, spreading and embedding more innovative approaches to care and support (examples include TLAP’s directory of innovations in community-centred support).
- Create the right environment, pay scales and opportunities for aspirational career progression, with clear pathways for people to progress in careers in social care.
- Recipient of adequate funding and investment, with a fair settlement between the state and citizens on sources of funding.
Visit the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) website to download the report in full.
In other news, The National Care Forum (NCF), along with NCF members, has written to the Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Chancellor of the Exchequer about the staffing issues affecting social care providers.