Seven Principles at the Heart of the Government’s Planned Social Care Green Paper (Department of Health / SCIE / BBC News)


Jeremy Hunt, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has made a speech outlining the seven key principles for social care which will feature in a Green Paper expected to be published by Summer 2018. The principles, announced on World Social Work Day, are:

  1. Quality: focus on providing the highest standards of care.
  2. Whole-person integrated care: full integration of health and social care centred around the person.
  3. Control and choice: with self-directed support.
  4. Workforce centrality: respecting, developing and nurturing the social care workforce.
  5. Support for families and carers: making the needs of carers central to the new social care strategy.
  6. A sustainable funding model for social care: supported by a diverse, vibrant and stable market, better able to offer people greater choice and more effective support.
  7. Security for all: to avoid current unfairnesses on how charging systems for social care operate. The stated aim is to introduce a more equitable approach to risk-pooling and communal / social insurance (along Dilnot principles, broadly). This is a historic moment in the official recognition of a longstanding social inequity / injustice:

“If you develop dementia and require long-term residential care, you are likely to have to use a significant chunk of your savings and the equity in your home to pay for that care. But if you require long-term treatment for cancer you won’t find anything like the same cost… People’s financial wellbeing in old age ends up defined less by their industry and service during their working lives, and more by the lottery of which illness they get”. Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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We need to do better on social care. [Speech]. London [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, March 20th 2018.

Positive SCIE Response

Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), has issued a brief response:

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Secretary of State’s speech on social care. SCIE response (20 March 2018). In: SCIELine Bulletin, 23 March 2018. [Online]: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), March 23rd 2018.

A Good Day to Bury Good News?

Contemporary, all very welcome, announcements by the Health Secretary on NHS pay, which may have diverted media attention and stolen the headlines:

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Kuenssberg, L. (2018). NHS pay deal set to be signed off. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, March 21st 2018.

Scotland: Frank’s Law

Possibly also of incidental interest:

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The cost of dementia care; the history of saving and borrowing. London: BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, February 16th 2018.

Further BBC News commentary:

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Triggle, N. (2018). Should we be forced to pay £30,000 for old-age care? London: BBC Health News, October 8th 2018.

Politically difficult decisions?:

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Triggle, N. (2018). Can the government deliver on radical care reform? London: BBC Health News, November 8th 2018.

Council Spending on Care For Over-65s Fell by a Quarter to £747 Per Head in England Since 2010

An illustration of blatant unfairness in the care system as it operates currently, with a BBC News postcode checker on local disparities in council funding for adult over-65s social care (aka the BBC Care Tool):

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Triggle, N. (2018). ‘The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000’. London: BBC Health News, December 3rd 2018.

More “informed speculation”:

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Pym, H. (2019). Social care ‘national scandal and disgrace’. London: BBC Health News, March 4th 2019.


About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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