Care England sets out five-point plan for adult social care

Professor Martin Green, chief executive, Care England

Care England has set out its vision for adult social care to the prime minister and other key policymakers.

We Care For England is set around five themes: sustainability, meaningful life, people, integration, and innovation and investment.

The representative body has backed the health and social care committee, which has called for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform. The vision also argues the sector requires a 10-year workforce plan, where career progression, pay and rewards are identified.

It said bridging the gap between health and social care stretched beyond funding integration, but needed to encompass reforming commissioning, data and information practice and service delivery.

Providers, it said, also needed certainty about funding to invest in wider community development.

Launching the vision, Professor Martin Green, Care England chief executive, said: ‘Successive governments have promised social care reform but have not delivered.

‘We Care For England represents the foundation for a long-term and sustainable future for adult social care that will be to the benefit of all citizens and the economy. The vision calls on the government to deliver a new system of support in which health and social care systems act in a coordinated fashion focused around the person and are financed adequately and appropriately.

‘The sector is brimming with innovation, energy and commitment which Care England, with the help of its members, can harness. Care England has submitted this vision to the prime minister, along with other key policymakers. We are ready and waiting to help government reach a definitive solution.’

The government plans to set out its reform proposals later this year.