The Kings Fund and the Health Foundation have produced a report on “Approaches to social care funding”. It considers the various advantages and disadvantages of a variety of proposed approaches to funding social care for older people, which include (quotation):
- Improving the current system.
- The Conservative Party’s proposals at the time of the 2017 General Election (a revised means test and an [unspecified] cap on care costs).
- A single budget for health and social care.
- Free personal care.
- A hypothecated tax for social care.
Wenzel, L. Benne, L. [and] Bottery, S. [et al] (2018). Approaches to social care funding: social care funding options. London: King’s Fund [and] Health Foundation, February 2018. Health Foundation Working Paper No.2.
There is also an Executive Summary / Press Release.
Adult Social Care Workforce: DHSC / SfC Consultation
The Department of Health and Social Care and Skills for Care are holding a consultation on public / expert opinions, and the evidence, on what needs to be done to address workforce requirements in the adult social care sector. Challenges to be reviewed include:
- Attracting and recruiting staff.
- Improving staff retention.
- Improving professional development.
- Reviewing the role of regulation.
- Effective workforce planning.
The closing date for submissions is April 9th 2018.
Facing the facts, shaping the future: adult social care workforce consultation. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care and Skills for Care, February 2018.