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The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation.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.

New hospital 2 home discharge pack to support care of older people

Today, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb, launched the Hospital 2 Home resource pack designed to support older patients returning from hospital. The Hospital 2 Home resource is designed to make it easier for health and social care professionals involved … Read more → – New hospital 2 home discharge pack to support care of older people

Fund to create and modernise homes for independent living

The Department of Health today opened a £300 million fund to provide new and modernised homes designed to meet the needs of older people and people with disabilities. Local authorities will be able to bid for money from the fund … Read more → – Fund to create and modernise homes for independent living

What is the most useful information for comparing care providers?

The Department of Health has launched two online surveys seeking views on the information that should be included in the new Provider Quality Profile online tool. This tool allows users to search and compare any Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered … Read more → – What is the most useful information for comparing care providers?

Join the Department of Health at this year’s National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCAS)

You can find out more about the department of health’s work, the new ministerial team and meet those who are working directly on policy by visiting the department at the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCAS) next week. The … Read more → – Join the Department of Health at this year’s National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCAS)

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

There is just 1 week 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 … Read more → – One week left to comment on the draft Care and Support Bill

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Developing the care audit

A workshop took place last Monday to give a range of key stakeholders from the care and support sector, working at local and national levels, the opportunity to discuss and shape the development of the care audit pilot announced in July’s … 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