The All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Social Care has launched its report ‘A Vision For Social Care’. This report identifies a number of key areas around which the reform of social care will achieve the sustainable and meaningful impact for people who access care and support.
This report sets out the scale and breadth of the social care system and provides a number of case studies to further illustrate the impact it makes on the economic and community well being in areas across the country. Investment in social care leads to tangible benefits in the spending power of local communities, supporting direct and associated employment and prosperity at the same time. Investment in social care makes a difference to the lives of the people supported, and the communities in which they live.
The report also outlines what social care should look like in 10 years, including
- More joined up action between health, housing and social care and other publish services.
- Commissioners should encourage new models of care and innovation – in terms of technology, housing with care and social care practice, including greater scale in the aims of the Transforming Care agenda for people with learning disabilities with improvements in community housing provision.
It suggests that a National Strategy for digital transformation across social care would help to ensure more consistency across the country and improve outcomes for people who access care and support. It is within this context that digital transformation can enable innovation in terms of service design, enabling new models of care to be developed and scaled up.
This is particularly important in the context of housing design and the incorporation of new technology and innovation, including in the development of new models of care.
The report can be seen here