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.
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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.
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Communities and Local Government Committee, April 2017
This report finds inadequate funding very seriously affects the quantity and quality of adult social care provision, impacting on those receiving care, the NHS, care staff, carers and providers. The report sets out a number of recommendations relating to the monitoring of care services, care commissioning, and the care workforce.
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Social Care Institute for Excellence, April 2017
This research was commissioned by the Department of Health to inform the development of the integration standard and the next phase of plans to integrated health and social care. The integration standard would enable the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to measure the progress and performance within local areas. This report presents the findings of scoping research and engagement to better understand what integrated health should look like by 2020; testing out the integration standard and how feedback and support should be used to develop the standard.
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Department of Health, March 2017
The document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains:
- the critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services
- how social work is essential to the whole system
- the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services people need
It also includes ‘top tips’ for directors of adult social services and for principal social workers to assist in progressing the integration agenda.
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Carers Trust, February 2017
The number of older carers is rising. With an ageing population and the increase in the life expectancy of people with disabilities; people are caring for longer and later in their lives. This report finds that needs of older carers often go unidentified because they do not recognise themselves as carers or are not identified by services. The report investigates the issues faced by older carers and makes recommendations as to how carers can be better supported.
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House of Commons Library, February 2017
This paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional funding for adult social care that the Government has made available through the Social Care Precept, improved Better Care Fund and Adult Social Care Support Grant. The paper also discusses stakeholder concerns about a growing social care ‘funding gap’, and calls for a comprehensive review of the long-term sustainability of social care.
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