The National Care Forum has published an eight-point plan for social care reform, ahead of tomorrow’s State Opening of Parliament.
In a new paper, the organisation has called on the Prime Minister to make good on his promise for social care reform, so the sector can continue to make a transformational difference to people’s lives.
Chief executive Vic Rayner said: “The government must take this opportunity to be ‘ambitious for social care’, a once in a generation chance to reform and invest in social care.
“Social care helps millions of people to live their best lives – with the right focus, support and investment, this government can be the one that delivers for social care.”
The NCF is calling on the government to ‘Think Social Care First’ by putting social care at the heart of policy planning; invest in adult social care to ensure it has sustainable funding and contributes to economic recovery; and develop a ‘People Plan’ that provides clear career progression and introduce a professional registration where this is appropriate.
The organisation has also urged the government to recognise the benefits of the not-for-profit sector in ensuring funding is directed towards the delivery of care; set a ‘fair price for care’ to enable providers to rebalance the prices paid by individuals who fund their own care; understand the need for effective integration of care, health and housing; future proof social care by encouraging innovation and digital transformation; and ensure integrated health and care systems work for social care.
Rayner said: “Our paper calls for ambitious plans for social care reform backed by evidence and the experience of providers from across the sector. Ambitious social care reform can make a transformational change for millions of people, with the profound effect of principled change supporting positive change that will be felt in all communities across the country.
“It will require bold commitment and investment from the government for social care reform fit for now and in the future. We need to move forward from the place of rhetoric to action – specific action that will propel the sector from the position of recovery to sustainability and growth. Now is the time for long-term ambition not yet another quick fix.”