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Adult social care white paper



Yesterday the government published its ten-year plan for reforming social care, people at the Heart of Care.


CPF members have long sought to help inform reform of adult social care, so there will be a lot of interest in the white paper.


Individual groups may like to look back at the ideas that they submitted for our CPF consultations on the subject (in particular in winter’20, but also summer’18 and spring’17) to see which of their suggestions appear in the white paper—get in touch to let us know which of yours you can recognise. To kick you off, here’s a few of the CPF proposals that we spotted:

  • A focus on outcomes, e.g. “Our ambition is for CQC to use its powers and duties to help improve outcomes for people who draw on care and support by assessing how local authorities are meeting individual’s needs”

  • “we will develop new universal career structures and training opportunities to enable people to progress and realise their potential”

  • “A new skills passport will help to address issues of portability of staff training and development”

  • “integrating housing into local health and care strategies”

  • “we recognise that most people will continue to live in mainstream housing, and we need to ensure they can adapt their homes to meet their needs where necessary”

  • “To support care providers in adopting proven technologies that can transform quality of care and safety”, “integrating technology into…care and support plans” and “to develop a new Centre for Assistive and Accessible Technology” “for UK-based innovators to develop the next generation of care technologies”

  • “ensure that self-funders can access the same rates for care costs in care homes that local authorities pay, ending the unfairness where self-funders have to pay more for the same care”

  • “We will also consider international models and how other countries make use of different direct payments systems to inform our thinking. For example, Germany gives all care recipients the option of receiving cash benefits for family members, whether through direct payments or individual service funds, and Australia has introduced a National Disability Insurance Scheme model for people with disabilities, which provides funding directly to individuals.”

  • Specific reference to “the Buurtzorg model, which was founded in 2006 in the Netherlands by a small team of professional nurses”

Members will no doubt await with interest the “upcoming integration white paper [that] will outline proposals to improve person-centred care and improve the interface between health and care services.”

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