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The draft Care and Support Bill creates a single modern piece of law for adult care and support, replacing complex and outdated legislation.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

Code of Conduct and National Minimum Training Standards published – plus the care and support workforce ‘at-a-glance’

As part of today’s Government response to the Francis report, a Code of Conduct and Minimum Training Standards for adult social care and healthcare support workers were published. The Department of Health committed to developing and publishing these documents as … Read more → – Code of Conduct and National Minimum Training Standards published – plus the care and support workforce ‘at-a-glance’

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Joint Committee publishes report

The Joint Committee that has been undertaking pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Care and Support Bill has today published its report. You can read it here. The Department will consider the Committee’s recommendations carefully and respond in due course. For … Read more → – Joint Committee publishes report

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Norman Lamb and World Social Work Day

Today, World Social Work Day, Norman Lamb, Minister for Care Services recognises the critical role of social workers in promoting social change, and social and economic equalities. Watch Norman’s film here.

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Draft Care and Support Bill – update

A joint committee has been undertaking pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Care and Support Bill. It has received evidence from a number of stakeholders – experts and organisations involved in care and support - as well as Department of Health ministers and officials. … Read more → – Draft Care and Support Bill – update

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Helping people to choose good quality, local care – information for care providers

The Department of Health is launching new online profiles for every registered care and support provider to the public in April 2013, alongside information and advice to help people understand, choose and compare their local care and support options.  People will … Read more → – Helping people to choose good quality, local care – information for care providers

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New online care provider information will help people choose and compare good quality care and support

New online care provider profiles will be launched to the public in April this year. People will be encouraged to use them to help narrow down their search for good quality, registered care that meets their needs and preferences. This … Read more → – New online care provider information will help people choose and compare good quality care and support

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Government announces major reforms to funding of care and support

The Government has announced new measures for funding care to ensure that the elderly and those with disabilities get the care they need without facing unlimited costs. The new measures are based on the recommendations made in 2011 by the … Read more → – Government announces major reforms to funding of care and support

How the care and support funding reforms will work

Assessing your care needs Your local authority will help you identify the right care for you, and will provide information and advice on different services that are available locally. Staff at your local authority will discuss with you whether your … Read more → – How the care and support funding reforms will work