Home Care Leaders: Agincare boss shares predictions for 2022

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In our latest exclusive insight from directors and CEOs from some of the UK’s leading home care businesses, Agincare CEO Raina Summerson offers her thoughts on the year ahead.

Raina told us home care was seeing “increased attention” as a preferred care solution with services such as reablement, night care and live-in care receiving much more attention from policy makers and commissioners.

The Agincare boss predicted this trend would continue in 2022 “with commissioning ensuring that, within a local Integrated Care System, a range of flexible and responsive home-based provision is available with more project work exploring different ways of meeting community needs and demand”.

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Whilst predicting that recruitment and retention would continue to be a challenge until national long-term workforce planning and funding was improved, Raina said “increased working with NHS and ongoing integration between health and social care will offer more variety and career opportunities”.

Raina added: “Importantly, if we can make moves to a ‘one team’ working style across systems via the ICS People Plans, this will help make our home care workforce feel respected and valued as part of the wider multi-disciplinary teams and lead to more effective and higher quality services.”

The Agincare CEO concluded: “Technology, communication and the way we interact with each other, with our workforce and our ‘customers’ will also evolve at pace, furthering lessons learned over the past two years.

“Social value and sustainability of providers will become increasingly important to all stakeholders, alongside ensuring that those who draw on services are better engaged with and involved in the development and delivery of them.

“Overall, despite difficulties currently faced, really exciting times and developments lie ahead in 2022 for home care, in all its myriad shapes and forms.”

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