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Thursday 8 April 2021
The National Audit Office Report on adult social care in England examines the market and the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) role in overseeing it now and into the future.
This Report, like many others before, is an evidence-based call for wholesale reform of the adult social care system and how it is funded.
In light of ongoing concerns on the lack of sustainable funding, increased demand and future social care reform, the report challenges the UK Government to rethink funding and develop a long-term vision which fosters innovation, workforce development and a sustainable care provision.
Few, if any people involved in this sector will be surprised to hear the conclusions. The main point is that a lack of long-term vision and short-term funding reviews only have hampered councils’ ability to plan, invest and innovate for the long-term.
The Report highlights the impact of gaps in central government understanding of the adult care system and its changing needs. This, combined with a lack of funding and oversight has resulted in:
COVID-19 has brought into focus the perilous state of adult social care ‘as never before’. However, the evidence shows the pandemic is accelerating change (for example, the use of technology for GP assessments) and is demonstrating effective place-based collaboration between health and social care providers.
Systems thinking rather than silo provision is likely to be the blueprint for reform as the sector understands the impact of the Health and Social Care Bill on adult social care provision.
Key findings of the Report
The Report unearthed:
Short and medium-term consequences for councils and their partners include:
Councils’ pandemic experience and knowledge of the changing face of adult social care can feed into discussions on how long-term funding can support a long-term vision.
Councils should invest in data analytics and gather the most experienced and persuasive teams for the spending review this autumn. This is an opportunity for councils to have their say on the future of adult social care provision.