Improving healthcare access for people with learning disabilities

Public Health England, October 2017

This guidance for social care staff recommends how to help people with learning disabilities get better access to medical services to improve their health.

Click here to access the guidance.

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True Costs: Why we cannot ignore the failure in social care funding

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, October 2017

This report provides a warning to the government that the chronic under-funding of social care must be reversed. The report pinpoints key challenges faced by voluntary sector providers of adult social care, increasing demand for services, rising costs, and workforce recruitment and retention problems, which suggest that funding is insufficient.

Click here to view the full report.

State of Care 2016-17

Care Quality Commission, October 2017

The CQC’s annual report on the state of the health and social care shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. However, the complexity of demand for health care and adult social care services in England continues to rise.  The number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. We have an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise. These and other factors present different pressures in different parts of the system and care providers are under increasing pressure.

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Integrated health and social care

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, April 2017

This report investigates the Better Care Fund and concludes that it has missed its objectives to reduce emergency admissions and delayed transfers of care. The report strongly criticises the implementation of the Better Care Fund and argues that the focus on integration should be shifted towards the STP process.

Click here to view the report.

Integration and Better Care Fund policy framework 2017 to 2019

Department of Health, April 2017

This document sets out the story of integration of health, social care and other public services, and provides an overview of related policy initiatives and legislation.

It is intended for use by those responsible for delivering the Better Care Fund at a local level (such as clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, health and wellbeing boards) and NHS England.

It includes the policy framework for the implementation of the statutory Better Care Fund in 2017 to 2019, which was first announced in the government’s Spending Review of 2013 and established in the Care Act 2014.

It also sets out the Department of Health proposals for going beyond the Fund towards further integration by 2020.

Click here to view the framework.