Priorities for social care reform - feedback your views

The government in September launched Caring for Our Future: Shared Ambitions for Care and Support – an engagement with people who use care and support services, carers, local councils, care providers and the voluntary sector about the priorities for improving care and support. These discussions will last until 2 December and will be will be followed up 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 areas it believes contain 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, and improving integration between the NHS and other care services. A website has been set up to publish up-to-date information as the engagement process proceeds and provide a facility for members of the public to respond with their comments. It also contains a leaflet, a resource slide pack and a feedback form, so that people can hold their own discussions with their local communities on these crucial issues, and give their feedback to the Department. DH is asking for feedback and encouraging colleagues to cascade this information to relevant networks. Visit the website to have your say.

Source: Caring for our future
Date: 3 November 2011