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The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation.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

National Voices launch consultation on ‘integrated’ care

This week National Voices, the national coalition of health and social care charities and its members, has launched a consultation on what constitutes high quality, person-centred and coordinated (‘integrated’) care. This work has been commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board … Read more → – National Voices launch consultation on ‘integrated’ care

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Summary of responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation published

The Department has published a summary of the views received as part of the consultation process on the draft Care and Support Bill. Public consultation on the draft bill was from 11 July to 19 October 2012. Over 1,000 comments … Read more → – Summary of responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation published

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Department seeks views on new protections if care providers fail

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today launched a 12 week consultation on new measures to protect people who rely on care services in the event of provider failure. A system of checks on the finances of the largest care … Read more → – Department seeks views on new protections if care providers fail

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National Skills Academy publishes Leadership Qualities Framework for Adult Social Care

The national Leadership Qualities Framework for Adult Social Care, as announced by Norman Lamb, Minister for Care Services, at the National Children’s and Adults’ Services Conference last week, has been published by the National Skills Academy for Social Care. The … Read more → – National Skills Academy publishes Leadership Qualities Framework for Adult Social Care

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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)