25th April 2017
General Election 2017: Time to renew health and care policy
In the wake of the General Election announced last week by the Prime Minister, Future Care Capital (FCC) has made several key recommendations about improving health and care for consideration by all political parties as they draft their manifestos. FCC regards this election as a critically important opportunity to promote innovative solutions to well-known challenges.
FCC, originally founded in 1945, with a long history in health and care education, is committed to delivering new thinking about health and care. The charity is an independent voice undertaking research to explore how health and care services can be delivered in the future.
The short and long-term policy recommendations launched today are intended to form the foundations of a practical and more unified health and care system. Key recommendations include:
- Appoint a new and independent health and care commissioner – to work with NHS England, the Department of Health, local authorities, and others to look at how, by driving alignment in the provision of health and care services, the next government can deliver the right level of support for current and future generations.
- A civil society fund – FCC believes there is a pressing need to nurture community-led health and care initiatives, so that people who wish to live independent lives can better access the support they need. The creation of a new civil society fund would incentivise pioneering and sustainable community-led solutions to flourish.
- Caring for carers – informal carers make a valuable contribution that should be recognised more formally across the country. We are calling for the next government to establish a national ‘resilience and respite’ programme to nurture and care for carers.
- Creating career ladders for the caring profession – the recruitment and retention of care staff is a growing national priority. In order to address the gap in the care workforce and recognise the valuable contribution that professionals in this sector make, FCC would welcome the introduction of a new care career ladder, enabling workers from across allied health professions to obtain higher level care qualifications.
- A Care Covenant – the next government needs to plan ahead and deliver against a challenging backdrop of growing demand and expectation. FCC urges the next government to encourage a national debate to explore a new Care Covenant, setting out individual rights and responsibilities in respect of health and care that are pertinent to the demands of the 21st century.
Download the key recommendations document here.
These policy recommendations focus on practical steps to support a renewed focus on health and care during the next parliament.
FCC is committed to engaging, educating and involving all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.
As the General Election progresses, FCC will look to expand upon these recommendations and promote a positive debate about the future of our health and care system.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“Future Care Capital is looking forward to a positive debate about health and care services during the General Election campaign. We want all political parties to include specific commitments that will deliver a more unified approach. Our next government must deal with the care skills gap and invest in new technology that will enable better outcomes across health and care services. By pursuing the development of a new Care Covenant, the state can better formalise individual rights and responsibilities that meet modern health and care demands.”
“We look forward to engaging with all political parties and advocating a shift in health and care policy during the General Election.”
Notes to Editors
For all press enquiries, please contact Joel Charles, FCC Deputy Chief Executive, at [email protected].
About Future Care Capital (FCC)
FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.
Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have the Queen as its Patron.
Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity is ready to embark on its next chapter.
The Trustees have developed a detailed Strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved the 10-year Business Plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:
Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.
Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.
Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.
Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.
Key Goals and Aspirations:
- Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
- to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
- sustainably grow impact.
The charity will adopt an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.
The charity’s core offerings will be delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:
Evidence based Advocacy – developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.
Social Impact Investment Fund – an investment fund managed by the charity to invest in sustainable social enterprises through an Innovation Fund, which support better quality and standards of services in the care, health and related education and training, which will generate a commercial return for the charity, supported by a ‘collaborative hub’ with the charity at its centre, facilitating knowledge sharing, supporting innovation and best practice, and gathering evidence and insights to feed into the charity’s Advocacy operations.
Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.