Care England, the largest representative body for independent care providers, has launched Meeting the Needs of a 21st Century Society, Care England’s Manifesto for the Independent Care Sector. This in conjunction with Game Changers in 21st Century Social Care, a booklet of pithy quotes on the future of social care from prominent leaders in the sector, provide a basis for the next Government to deliver a sustainable care sector.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“Expectations from citizens have risen. They experience social and health care as a continuum and the current financial challenges make the delivery of such expectations untenable. As the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, across older people, people with learning or physical disabilities and mental health, Care England believes that Government policy needs to shift in order to ensure that the post Brexit system is fit for purpose and provides what citizens really need and want”.
The key tenets of the Manifesto for the Independent Care Sector are:
ü The value of high quality independent care services needs to be understood by all politicians, not just service users and their families.
ü Care services need to be properly funded and state funding should be at a sustainable level that meets the real costs of providing high quality care.
ü Providers should be respected, treated fairly and have a voice in the strategic direction of social and health care services.
ü People need to have choice and the flexibility to select the care that best suits their requirements.
ü Independent care sector (ICS) staff should have appropriate training, fair pay and career structures in place.
Professor Martin Green continues:
“If we are going to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we have to get social care right and this will require some clear political leadership. We need citizens to know what they should expect from the system, and what the system will expect them to contribute to receive high quality personalised care. There is a need for a national approach, which is not left to the vagaries of a postcode lottery and is integrated with every aspect of our lives.
Citizens of the 21st century want to have good lives, and the services that support them should be flexible and almost invisible to the consumer. The health and care system needs to stop its obsession with structures and focus on outcomes. 21st century health and social care should be part of a seamless amalgam of policy and services that support people to live dignified and autonomous lives. Social care services are vital to citizens and important to our economy, and they should be seen as a national priority”.
Notes to editors:
1) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care
2) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.careengland.org.uk
3) Meeting the Needs of a 21st Century Society, Care England’s Manifesto for the Independent Care Sector
4) Game Changers in 21st Century Social Care was launched at the Care Home Parliamentary Reception in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Greengross, herself a contributor to the booklet. It contains quotes from Sir David Behan, David Brindle, Harry Cayton CBE, Stephen Dorrell, Jeremy Hughes, Rt Hon Norman Lamb, Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Janet Morrison, Angela Rippon and Carolyn Baker-Mellor