We are changing the care and support system in the most comprehensive overhaul since 1948, to make it clearer and fairer.

The new system will focus on people’s wellbeing, supporting them to live independently for as long as possible. Care and support will be centred on people’s needs, giving them better care and more control over the care they receive. We will also provide better support for carers.

The ‘Caring for our future’ White Paper sets out our vision for the reformed care and support system. The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation. The progress report on funding reform sets out the government’s position on social care funding.

Developing the care audit

On Monday 1st October, a workshop took place to give a range of key stakeholders from the care and support sector, working at local and national levels, the opportunity to discuss, influence and shape the development of the Care Audits … Read more → – Developing the care audit

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NICE to help drive standards in social care

From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care. The Department of Health has agreed an initial list of joint NHS/social care quality standard topics for NICE to … Read more → – NICE to help drive standards in social care

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One month left to comment on the draft Care and Support Bill

There is one month left to comment on the draft Care and Support Bill and have your say on the largest overhaul of the law around adult care and support in 60 years. The draft Care and Support Bill site … Read more → – One month left to comment on the draft Care and Support Bill

Martin Green of ECCA on the developing care markets programme – video

This video shows Martin Green, Chief Executive of the English Community Care Association (ECCA) speaking at the launch of the Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice programme. Martin makes the following points: This programme enables us to respond to … Read more → – Martin Green of ECCA on the developing care markets programme – video

Sarah Pickup of ADASS on the new developing care markets programme – video

Speaking at the launch of the Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice programme, this video shows Sarah Pickup, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services making the following points: I’m delighted to be involved in the … Read more → – Sarah Pickup of ADASS on the new developing care markets programme – video

New programme to ensure greater local choice of care services

Today, the Department of Health launched a new programme to help provide more choice and higher quality of care and support services across the country. The Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice (DCMQC) programme will help local authorities build … Read more → – New programme to ensure greater local choice of care services

New online tool to search and compare local care providers

A new tool allowing users to search and compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered home care, residential or nursing home provider is now available online at NHS Choices. The Provider Quality Profile was launched as part of the Caring … Read more → – New online tool to search and compare local care providers

Developing the use of direct payments in residential care

The Department wants to identify local authorities that would like to be involved in developing the use of direct payments in residential care. The White Paper ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’, published on 11 July, committed to … Read more → – Developing the use of direct payments in residential care