Leaders of organisations representing adult social care have written a letter to the PM, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, urging them to reform England’s social care system.
The letter, whose signatories include Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, Stephen Chandler, president of ADASS, and Kathryn Smith, CEO of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, calls on the government to publish its proposals before the summer recess, which begins on July 22.
It states: “In common with all people who draw on care and support, and colleagues working across social care, we are clear that the time to deliver reform is now.”
The leaders call on the government to urgently address short term funding challenges to prevent further deterioration in the access to and quality of care; urgently bring forward investment and reform proposals to ensure the sustainable long-term future of social care; and invest in the short term to speed the shift towards a system of social care that is both and fit for the modern age.
This includes a targeted fund enabling councils and their partners to make a rapid shift towards prevention; a new deal for the care workforce, including personal assistants and other non-traditional workforce roles; funding support for action on inequalities and levelling up; an innovation fund to enable local authorities to harness the true potential of technology; and transformation and improvement support to councils and providers and to ensure a new funded transformation and improvement framework for adult social care.
The letter concludes: “Each of these actions is essential for creating the conditions in which social care can be a full and equal partner with the NHS and enable more people to remain independent, living in their own home or in their community.”
It follows a letter from leading charities and professional care associations to the PM last week calling on him to finally deliver on his promise to fix social care.