The Government has invited people to give their views about the
future of care and support and the priorities for change.
Last November the Vision for
Adult Social Care was published which set out the principles
for a modern system of care and support. Priorities for
helping carers were also set out in the Carers Strategy.
In recent months, two independent commissions have sent reports
to Government on two different aspects of care and support.
In May, the Law Commission
published recommendations for simplifying social care law, and in
July the Commission on Funding of Care
and Support published recommendations for reforming the way
that people pay for care and support. The Palliative Care Funding
Review also reports on how Government can ensure inregrated,
responsive, high quality health and care services for those at the
end of life.
The Government has now identified six areas where they feel
there is the biggest potential to make improvements to the care and
support system. Between now and December, they will be having
discussions on these areas with a range of people and organisations
involved with care and support. They want to discuss what
people's priorities are, and this will feed directly into a White
Paper that will be published in April 2012, alongside a progress
report on funding reform.
The priorities proposed are:
- Improving quality and developing the workforce
- Increased personalisation and choice
- Ensuring services are better integrated around people's
- Supporting greater prevention and early intervention
- Creating a more diverse and responsive care market
- The role of the financial services sector in supporting users,
carers and their families
There are a number of ways that people can provide feedback on
- Organisations involved in care and support will be invited to
take part in events and meetings attended by discussion
- Send your views to your local or national representative group
and ask them to take part in the engagement
- Comment directlty on the priorities section of the website
- Download the feedback form from the
The deadline for comments is 2 December 2011.
For more information, pleasee see the Caring for Our Future