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 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
HEE launches consultation on long term workforce planning
A formal call for evidence has been launched by Health Education England (HEE) to review the long-term strategic trends for health and social care.
28 July 2021
NHS in Wales facing an exceptionally challenging time
Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, responds to the latest release of NHS activity and performance statistics in Wales.
22 July 2021