Next five years will be crucial for care sector’s sustainability, says Care England
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Care England, the biggest representative body for independent social care providers, has published a report on the state of social care, warning of a collapse in the system if providers and commissioners do not work together and more nurses are not recruited into the independent sector. The report says the next five years will be crucial in ensuring that care and support services remain sustainable.
The association’s chief executive Professor Martin Green said , Chief Executive of Care England, said evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes were needed with different elements of the system working together rather than in silos.
“This positive vision attempts to define the contribution that the independent care sector can make to avert a major disaster for the NHS and Exchequer,” said Prof. Green.
“It makes very little sense to have dividing lines separating primary, hospitals and social care when people with long-term conditions – working age or elderly – frequently use all three.”
Prof. Green said Care England’s members had attempted to help local authorities by making efficiency savings in order to accept below inflationary fee rises and fee freezes, but this was now unsustainable. Increasing instances of Judicial Review and continued provider attrition were now the only consequences arriving from the current way of working.
“Neither commissioners nor providers can afford the former, and individuals that we care for cannot afford the latter,” said Prof. Green.
“An inability to recruit nurses in the independent care sector is one of the main issues that is causing additional pressure to be placed on the care home, acute sector and commissioning budgets. We are in the process of developing a new hybrid role for nursing in the care home sector which would fall between a care worker and a nurse, but there is still a major supply-side problem, which the Government needs to urgently address if the nursing home sector is to survive”.
- Care England’s report can be found at: http://www.careengland.org.uk/about-us Sustainability, Innovation and Empowerment: A Five Year Vision for the Independent Social Care Sector