How come if Harold get’s this directors are so powerless to change – does the whole of homecare have to cease before the Councils will do anything about it? There just isn’t the will from Local Authorities.
speech extract at ADASS spring seminar
“Harold informed attendees that this year, he would be focussing on funding pressures, integration, social work education and training, market sustainability and the homecare workforce, and contributing to the new carers’ strategy.
He went on to say:
“Sustainability of home care is certainly what keeps me awake at night. We need to up the level of debate about this, increase the volume, share best practice, run innovation masterclasses, whatever we need to do. We will never bring any meaning to integration while the bulk of home care is still based on time and task and on the whole unconnected to the mainstream NHS provider services.
The need to think ahead to the future model of social care, integrated with the NHS, was also key, with Harold highlighting:
“In my view this is about strengthening our links with communities, with housing, and with individuals, ensuring that democratic accountability is retained, so that in an integrated world of health and social care, the values we hold dear are retained.”