Care England names five ways Health and Care Bill should be bolstered

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Care England has identified five areas where the forthcoming Health and Care Bill needs to be bolstered.

The representative body said in order to assist real integration between health and social care, providers need to be directly represented on Integrated Care System (ICS) NHS and Partnership Boards.

The organisation also calls for a 10-year workforce plan, akin to the one drawn up for the NHS; a framework around assessment of local authorities to be subject to consultation and co-produced by care providers; and for ICS needs to fulfil a certain level of awareness and understanding of adult social care.

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Finally, Care England believes social care plans need to be produced by the Prime Minister before ICSs come into effect.

Care England CEO Professor Martin Green said: “Care England will be working with Parliamentarians as the Bill makes progress through both Houses of Parliament. Furthermore our vision, We Care for England , to be published later in the month will provide the Government with a plan as to how to deliver sustainable long term reform for the sector.”

The Health and Care Bill was introduced in Parliament on Tuesday (July 6).

It aims to ensure each part of England has an Integrated Care Board and an Integrated Care Partnership responsible for bringing together local NHS and local government services, such as social care, to deliver joined up care for its local population.

A package of measures will also be introduced to deliver on specific needs in social care. These aim to improve government oversight in the delivery of social care, update the legal framework to enable person-centred models of hospital discharge and give the Secretary of State improved powers to make payments directly to adult social care providers when required.

Care England has previously highlighted that the voice of the adult social sector care must be heard in the development of Integrated Care Systems and the Health and Care Bill.

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