Sustainable social care programme

Sustainable development and social care

We want to make services more personalised, more preventative and more focused on delivering the best outcomes for those who use them.

A vision for adult social care, Department of Health 2010

As with all public services, social care is affected by the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time. That is, an ageing and dynamically diverse population, climate change, energy insecurity, financial instability and increases in health inequalities and issues such as obesity, mental health, alcohol misuse, chronic illnesses and complex conditions such as dementia. The most vulnerable are the most affected. The premise of the Sustainable Social Care Programme is that a successful response to these challenges will recognise and address social, economic and environmental factors simultaneously. This will not only prevent future harm but also help make people, communities and services more resilient, and improve health and wellbeing for all.