Care England CEO Martin Green told a conference yesterday that solutions to the future of social care would come within the sector and not from Government.
Speaking during the Future of Care conference at The King’s Fund in Cavendish Square, Green said the sector had been failed time and again by successive Governments.
“The solution to the future of social care will not come through a Green Paper,” he added.
“The future of care is going to come from us.”
Green said the current system was “broken” and not delivering for citizens, adding health and social care were beset by a “silo mentality at every level”.
The Care England CEO urged providers to counter silo mentalities by building partnerships across the system and “focus on people who will work with us”.
He also urged organisations to start to align their measures of successes.
“We need to fund the outcome and not the activity,” he stressed. “We need to focus on how we enable people to live well.”
Green urged the sector to embrace technology to ensure it had a viable future.
Hitting out at the sector’s detractors, he highlighted how social care was the most important part of the economy in many areas, providing jobs and spending power for local residents.
“Let’s to see social care our contribution in the round,” Green said.
The Care England boss urged financially stressed care homes to diversify their services offered to the local community in order to thrive, highlighting how day centres can offer valuable new income streams for the sector.