Despite the importance of social care in enabling people’s independence and maintaining dignity, successive governments have failed to adequately support the sector. At present, there are around 1.4 million older people who are not able to access the support they need – inevitably, this number will rise. We have been consistently making the case for a long-term settlement for social care. We lead Health for Care, a coalition of 15 national health organisations which have joined forces to make the case for a sustainable social care system, backed up by a long-term funding settlement.
Health for Care
Making the case for a sustainable social care system, backed up by a long-term funding settlement.
Social care plays a vital role in the lives of millions of older and disabled people in England, and helps people to get the care and support they need and, where possible, lead independent lives.
The social care sector relies on a diverse range of providers as care is delivered by everyone from the NHS and local government to charities and private care firms. There are also, crucially, around 5.4 million relatives and friends who provide unpaid care to people in need.
The social care sector and NHS are increasingly interdependent. People who receive good quality social care are less likely to fall ill and require the care and treatment provided by the NHS. A well-funded and good quality social care sector is fundamental to a well-performing NHS.
Despite its importance to both people’s lives and the performance of the NHS, social care has been in decline over recent decades. More than 1.4 million people are not able to access the care and support they need. And the situation is likely to deteriorate further, with the number of people with dementia in the UK set to rise to more than 1 million by 2025. Already, up to 58 per cent of people over 60 are living with at least one long-term condition, such as diabetes, arthritis or hypertension, and this is set to rise.
Funding for social care has fallen by 11 per cent in recent years. All of this has led many experts to conclude that the social care sector is in crisis. There is a strong consensus that a sustainable social care system needs to be created, backed by a long term funding settlement.
We have convened a coalition of health organisations in a major campaign – Health for Care – to secure reform and a long-term funding settlement for social care. Our aim is to help deliver the sustainable social care system that is urgently required.
Letter to the Prime Minister on social care reform
Independent chairs of the ICS Network are calling for clarity about the future arrangements for social care in the forthcoming NHS bill.
25 June 2021
An emerging consensus
Latest poll finds cross-party consensus on the need for social care reform, in particular on funding.
10 March 2021
Let's do this
Following Boris Johnson's pledge to “fix social care”, this Health for Care report explores key principles for reform and why the time is now.
29 January 2021
Social care is a tool, not a destination
Integrated care can bring together health and social care services that so urgently need to work in collaboration.
10 December 2020
Social care reform: social care and the NHS
Publication of the BMA’s recent report on social care underlines the urgency for reform.
7 December 2020
Welcome investment but delivery difficult without community workforce
Community Network chair Andrew Ridley responds to the Budget and Spending Review announcement.
27 October 2021
NHS backlog could take even longer to clear without immediate social care funding, warn council and health leaders
We have joined forces with the LGA to call on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to provide genuinely new money for social care.
27 October 2021
Health on the Line
New podcast series, hosted by Matthew Taylor, offers fresh perspectives on the healthcare challenges of our time and ways to confront them.