David gives an update on the progress made during the engagement the DH has been running in relation to the future of the care and support system.
- Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far in the engagement
- People have been expressing their views at the many events and through the Caring for our future website
- The many views shared by those who have contributed to the engagement have helped to shape the emerging views by the discussion leaders.
- The need to develop a transformed care and support system which focuses on people health and well-being, that allows people to live fulfilled and independent lives in the community
- Need for a system where people know exactly where to go when they need help
- People need to feel supported in their own homes and their local community
- People should be able to feel they can choose the shape and design of the services that support them
- People should be able to make plans for their future and live the lives they want
- People should feel they are in control of services, and the way they are joined around them
- People should know exactly how much they need to pay, and if they can afford it.
Suggestions for change
- Shift to an approach which builds on community strengths
- Develop a system that intervenes early
- People should have access to a universal system of information and advice to help them identify services that will support them
- People should be supported to make better choices about housing options and how they can be supported to live in their own home
- keen to see people recognised as carers, and the important role they play in supporting people
- Local commissioners should focus on outcomes, and not cost
- Make information that describes the quality of services transparent
We still want your contributions. The DH, along with the discussion leaders will be working over spring to develop a white paper on the future care and support system.
You can contribute here.