What adult social care reform means for social work
The government plans to spend over £5bn over the next three years reforming adult social care, in order to increase choice, control and independence for older and disabled people, improve quality and make care fairer and accessible.
Key measures include the introduction of a cap on care costs, a more generous means-test, a drive to ensure councils pay providers a fair rate for care and the return of performance assessments of local authorities. The government is also spending £500m to enhance the skills, and wellbeing of the care workforce. However, at the same time, it has warned that the Care Act's vision is not being fully realised.
In this panel discussion, social work leaders will examine what the reforms mean for social workers and how they will reshape practice, with a focus on:
- The impact of the funding reforms including the extension of practice to many more self-funders.
- Whether the white paper will succeed in delivering true choice, control and independence for people with care and support needs.
- What the return of CQC assessments of local authorities means for the scrutiny of social work practice and practice cultures.
- What realising the vision of the Care Act means in practice.