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.
System on a cliff edge: addressing challenges in social care capacity
Government urged to take action on the social care workforce crisis or risk putting the care and safety of patients in the NHS in jeopardy.
28 July 2022
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.
NHS leaders call for national minimum wage for social care to avoid staff exodus
Members are increasingly concerned that colleagues in social care can't meet need due to workforce challenges - we've written to the Prime Minister.
30 June 2022
Letter to the Prime Minister
Matthew Taylor and Lord Victor Adebowale wrote to the Prime Minister calling for a national care worker minimum wage of £10.50 per hour.
24 June 2022
An emerging consensus
Latest poll finds cross-party consensus on the need for social care reform, in particular on funding.
10 March 2021
Health and care face operational and financial pressures like never before
Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation Darren Hughes reflects on the challenges of the last couple of months and those ahead of us.
1 February 2023
Does the NHS run 24/7?
Facts and figures on seven-day working in the NHS in England.
23 December 2022
Ahead of the worst week of industrial action, health leaders are worried that the service is under very high pressure
Dr Layla McCay comments on the latest winter situation report.
2 February 2023
Health leaders fear disruption to patient care from teachers strikes
Matthew Taylor, chief executive at the NHS Confederation responds to the teachers strikes.
31 January 2023
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.