Expanding social care provider organisation, The Independent Care Group (ICG) has announced two new and exciting appointments as it prepares a relaunch.
The ICG has appointed a new Chief Executive and new Operations Director as it prepares to build its membership and influence.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “This is an exciting and pivotal moment for the ICG as we look to expand our membership and influence within the social care sector.
“The sector is going through a tough and challenging period and providers have never needed support more than they do today.
“Next year we will be expanding our reach, improving and growing our services and increasing our influence. These two key appointments will help us to do that.
“Social care providers have been on their knees for too long. It is time that we raised our voices and fought for the proper recognition our amazing sector deserves.
“Social care looks after more than a million people and employs 1.6m people – it is time we got the recognition for that.”
Nick Swash has joined the ICG as its full-time Chief Executive. Nick has worked in the business environment for some years and has extensive experience in many commercial environments which he will bring to the ICG and help it to expand and become more self-sufficient.
John Pattinson has joined as the new Operations Director. John has spent many years with the NHS and brings vast experience of health and social care to the ICG.
“These appointments mark a very exciting move forward for the ICG as we continue our growth and development.” Mr Padgham added.
“The ICG has achieved great things in recent years. We have become an influential and listened to organization. We are now in an excellent position to move forward and grow in terms of size and influence in the years ahead.”
The ICG is campaigning for:
- A root and branch overhaul of the way social care is planned and funded
- NHS care and social care to be merged and managed either locally or nationally
- Extra funding for social care, funded by taxation or National Insurance
- Dementia treated like other high priority illnesses, like cancer and heart disease
- A fixed percentage of GDP to be spent on social care
- Social care businesses to be zero-rated for VAT.