I have previously talked often about the delays to the Adult Social Care Green Paper, and the current
promise of a paper to be produced pre-April feels still distant.
Age UK have
put this delay into sharp focus with its statistical release on what was the
700th day since the Chancellor announced there would be a Green
Paper, back in his budget announcement of 2017. Since that day, Age UK figures
- 54,025 older people
have died while waiting for a care package to be put in place for them
- 626,701 people have
had their requests for social care refused by their council
- 7,240 older people
have had the terrible experience of running down all their savings because
of their care bills, leaving them reliant on the State to fund their
care in future and with nothing to leave for loved ones after their death.
- 1,263,844 older people
have developed an unmet need, such as being able to wash or dress. This is
1,805 developing an unmet need every day.
More details of Age UK
analysis can be found here.
In another perspectives on the
urgency of Adult Social Care Reform, Professor Bob Hudson, who spoke at the NCF
summer celebration last year, has produced, in partnership with NESTA, a
perspective on what needs to be the focus of the future.
In his detailed report
‘We need to talk about social care’, whilst acknowledging the need to address
the money, he also talks about the other areas where change needs to happen:-
1. New administrative
2. A new focus on ethical
3. Rein in and reshape the
4. Commissioning for
5. Supporting change to make
Finally he focuses in on the
need to ‘Commission for Innovation’. Professor Hudson provides some clear criteria
for what this will look like including a focus on co-production, the need to
retain local wealth (see NCF Blog
‘For Richer for Poorer’), and the need to commission locally. This report is an extremely
valuable narrative on ‘ground up’ reform, that will need to be understood in a
potentially changing political climate. See the full report here
Finally, the need for
innovation is recognised by government, and whilst the wait for the Green Paper
goes on - 700 days and counting - the DHSC has funded SCIE, TLAP and Shared
Lives Plus to establish the Social Care Innovation Network. The push behind
this can be best understood perhaps from a comment by the SCIE CEO, Tony
Hunter, who writes in a recent blog for
the Local Government Chronicle, “Our challenge is to proactively seek out those low-key innovations and
new ways of working which are making a difference, and then work together to
better understand the ingredients of success and what needs to happen to expand
SCIE launched the Social
Care Innovation Network last week, and NCF is pleased to have been invited to
be a part of this.
Full details of the network
and agenda can be found here.