Care reform in the news: SCIE response

03 September 2021

Responding to today’s news story about the future of care, Social Care Institute for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith, says:

There’s no escaping the fact that current funding levels have led to the growing social care crisis, both for people who draw on services and the workforce. We call on the Government to publish its full proposals for the future of adult social care.

Kathryn Smith continues:

The promise to fix social care must be fulfilled so that the reforms the sector badly needs are prioritised and addressed. A sustained increase in funding is needed now to stabilise the care system, particularly with the impact of Covid-19. But simply stabilising the system will not be enough to meet the growing the demand for social care or to support better care.

Kathryn Smith concludes:

Improvements will only come from a long-term strategy. We should be thinking about how to scale up the innovation we’re seeing in some places, and how to develop a passionate workforce with the right skills and flexibility. We hear again and again from people who draw on services about the importance of person-centred care; the sort of care and support we would want for our own loved ones. This outcome must be key to any plans for care reform.

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