31st March 2017
Select committee report calls for rethink on adult social care
The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on adult social care calls for major reform of social care funding and regulation. Members of the committee examined evidence on how funding affects the quantity and quality of care across the country. They also looked at the care commissioning landscape, workforce issues, the integration agenda between health and social care, and innovation.
It is concerning that fewer than one in twelve Directors of Social Care are fully confident that their local authority will be able to meet its statutory duties in 2017–18.
The report also looks at innovation in the social care sector, highlighting examples of work to enable care provision within family and community settings, which echoes our own vision for 2030 health and care. We want people to be better-informed and assume a greater role in shaping collective wellbeing through a commitment to self-care and fellowship.
The committee goes on to say that the social care system is increasingly reliant upon unpaid carers – impacting their own work-life balance and health in the long-term.
Key report recommendations:
- Renewed cross-party talks on adult social care to explore an alternative funding formula.
- The Care Quality Commission should oversee the commissioning and procurement of services by local authorities.
- Local authorities should annually audit social care services they commission and carry out more regular spot checks.
- The committee say that the Government should work with the Local Government Association to establish a care workers’ charter. The charter would include expectations on wage levels, employment terms and conditions, and training and career development.
- The report calls on the Government to create an innovation fund to help local authorities consider new approaches to providing social care.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has set out a clear and constructive range of recommendations to deal with some of the pressing adult social care issues faced today. Their impact analysis highlights the well-known pressures local authorities face providing for an ageing population.”
“Future Care Capital agrees that care workers’ employment expectations should be improved and a charter is a step in the right direction to encourage more people to join the profession. There is also scope to introduce innovation across the social care sector by embracing new ways of working and technology as an enabler to improve outcomes. The focus on funding should be expanded to look at how a new consensus around a positive vision for care can be reached.”
“Our vision for health and care is underpinned by the concept of a care covenant, a new agreement between the state and public, which sets out a commitment to support the health and care needs of everyone throughout their life.”
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.