Industry experts will gather in London tomorrow to discuss the next steps for adult social care in England.
This conference, being hosted by the Westminster Health Forum at Sixty One Whitehall, will look at options for the long-term funding of adult social care in the context of the government’s delayed Social Care Green Paper.
Delegates will assess the practicalities of any long-term funding plan and its impact on key stakeholders including service users, their families and carers, care homes, local authorities, the third sector, housing, community care and NHS bodies.
The seminar will also discuss options for workforce development and utilising technology to promote independence and wellbeing.
Key speakers include Professor Martin Green, chief executive for Care England; Michael Voges, executive director for Associated Retirement Community Operators; Professor David Grayson, Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University and chair for Carers UK; John Howarth, Professor of Primary Care at the University of Central Lancaster and Sharon Allen, CEO for Skills for Care.
The conference follows the announcement in the Budget that local authorities in England will receive £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.
It will take 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 will assess how to cope with the increased demand on services whilst maintaining high quality care, following a recent report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which found that complaints and inquiries about adult social care continue to rise.
Further sessions will address the key challenges facing the social care workforce, as the Minister of State for Care launches a pilot to promote jobs in adult social care, which will inform a national recruitment programme, due to launch at the beginning of this year – 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.