The King’s Fund has launched a commission to review whether the post-war establishment of separate systems for health and social care remains fit for purpose. The NHS, and proposals for social care, are undergoing significant reform; and this context presents an opportunity re-examine fundamentally the dichotomy between the NHS as a universal service, free at the point of use, and social care as a separate means-tested service.
“Huge social, demographic and technological changes have taken place since the NHS and social care system were established in 1948. With health and social care services facing unprecedented challenges, the Commission will examine the way that entitlements, benefits and funding are currently organised and whether they could be better aligned to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users”.
Read more: New Commission launched on the future of health and social care. The King’s Fund. The commission is accepting comments up until September 30th 2013.
This “Briefing for the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England” summarises questions and issues for consideration by the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England supported by the King’s Fund.
Humphries, R. (2013). Briefing for the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. London: The King’s Fund, June 2013.
Humphries, R. (2013). Paying for social care: Beyond Dilnot. London: The King’s Fund, May 21st 2013.
Timmins, N. (2013). The four UK health systems: learning from each other. London: The King’s Fund, June 2013.
Who pays? Determining responsibility for payments to providers. Rules and guidance for clinical commissioning groups. London: NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England), December 2012.
Evaluating Integrated and Community-Based Care (Nuffield Trust)
The following Nuffield Trust report draws conclusions from evaluations of over 30 community-based interventions designed to reduce emergency hospital admissions. Considerations are identified for people designing, implementing and the evaluating the health and social care integration “pioneer” projects which are to be appointed by the Department of Health by September 2013.
Bardsley, M. Steventon, A. Smith, J. [et al] (2013). Evaluating integrated and community-based care. How do we know what works? Research summary. London: Nuffield Trust, June 2013.
Call for Evidence: Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (King’s Fund)
The Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England has issued a call for evidence and invites the views of patients, people with care and support needs, carers, policy experts and other stakeholders. Individuals or organisations may offer feedback to this call for evidence by September 30th 2013. There is a set of King’s Fund infographics available concerning the basic facts and figures about the NHS and social care systems, to help people frame their thoughts.
Barker, K. Alltimes, G. [and] Bichard, M. [et al] (2013). Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England: call for evidence. London: King’s Fund, July 2013.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 8, July 2013].
Presentation On the Health and Social Care Divide (King’s Fund)
Nicholas Timmins discusses the nature and balance of the funding divide in England’s health and social care systems, with the emphasis on how this has drifted and shifted over time (sometimes “by stealth”, unannounced and without scrutiny), from pre-NHS days to the present.
Timmins, N. (2013). The shifting nature of the health and social care divide. London: The King’s Fund, September 5th 2013.