Social care reform: engagement exercise

Young woman and older woman painting a picture togetherThe Department of Health has entered an engagement period with people who use care and support services – carers, local councils, care providers and the voluntary sector – to discuss priorities for improving the care and support system.

Caring for our future: shared ambitions for care and support began on 15 September 2011 and will last until 2 December 2011. It will be followed by a white paper in spring 2012, alongside a progress report on funding reform, with a view to legislating at the earliest opportunity.

The Department of Health has identified six topics for discussion. It believes these areas have the biggest potential to make improvements to the care and support system. These include the quality of care and support; ensuring personalisation; creating a responsive and vibrant care market; prevention and early intervention; improving integration between the NHS and other care services; and the role of financial services. It is also asking for views on the recommendations made by the Commission on Funding of Care and Support.

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