Concern among directors of adult social care services in England about their ability to provide the care they are required to by law is at its highest level ever, a new survey has found.
The survey, carried out by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services (ADASS), found that 94% of the 98 directors surveyed have ‘little’ or ‘no’ confidence that they will be able to deliver their statutory responsibilities for care market sustainability by the end of 2020/21.
More than eight in 10 (82%) of directors said they have ‘no’ or ‘partial’ confidence that they can deliver their statutory responsibilities regarding Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards or Liberty Protection Safeguards, with 76% feeling the same about delivering what’s required by law when it comes to prevention and well-being.
The survey also found that nearly all directors (93%) have concerns or insufficient capacity to deal with the failure of a major care provider.
Meanwhile, 90% of directors say they have concerns or insufficient capacity to deal with winter pressures.
Responding to the findings, ADASS resident Julie Ogley said: “Back in July, our budget survey showed that we are desperately lacking the sustainable long-term funding needed to provide vital services that will allow us all to live the dignified lives we want to lead.
“We are relentlessly positive about what social care can achieve. But it’s clear from today’s findings that the situation is worse than in July. We cannot keep relying on emergency, one-off short-term funding and we cannot afford more vague promises or partial solutions. Those of us who are not getting care and support, those who are not getting enough care, those who are giving up work to care for family members and those who are getting ill and ending up in hospital for want of care at home deserve the social care we know is possible and essential.
“This is why, whoever forms the next government must make a choice and prioritise adult social care. They must give certainty about funding, longer-term reform and a long-term plan that puts fairness at the heart of everything.”