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Skills for Care Policy Briefing 23

posted Nov 7, 2013, 5:21 AM by Andrew Clements
Please find attached at the bottom of this post, a copy of the Skills for Care Policy Briefing 23 (Nov 2013).

Skills for Care’s policy briefings aim to provide the sector with a brief summary of current research, policy initiatives and strategic developments impacting on the future direction and delivery of adult social care in England. We have selected some stories below, but there are many more available in the briefing document

What if health and care services were more joined-up? 

The King's Fund has launched a new three minute animation that asks the question: 

what if health and care services were more joined-up? This short animation aims to bring integrated care to life for anyone involved in improving patient care. If those working towards integrated care can share this vision with others in their local health and care system, then there is a real chance they can make integrated care happen. 

The video is available to view here: 

The report’s overarching lesson is that system integration takes time and that developments can neither be imposed nor rushed. Other lessons include: 
  • Voluntary sector involvement
  • Patient targeting and risk stratification 
  • Co-operation with the acute sector 
  • Continuous learning and development 
  • Importance of appreciation of team members’ roles and contributions 
  • Performance measurement in step with organisational development

A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care 

In her first major announcement as the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe has outlined her priorities for transforming how the Care Quality Commission will monitor, inspect and regulate care homes and other adult social care services, with a greater focus on public involvement and improvement. 

Key proposals include awarding ratings to every care home and adult social care service by March 2016 to help people make informed decisions about their care and establishing expert inspection teams involving people who have experience of care services. 

The Chief Inspector’s plans and priorities are set out in ‘A Fresh Start for the Regulation and Inspection of Adult Social Care’, ahead of a full public consultation in spring 2014. http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/20131013_cqc_afreshstart_2

Social care grants for 2013 to 2014 

The Department of Health has published a series of documents that set out the specific revenue and capital grant funding for local authorities for adults’ personal social servicesfor 2013 to 2014. Details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-care-grants-for-2013-to-2014

Potential for change: transforming public awareness and demand for health and care technology

Carers UK, supported by Tunstall Healthcare (UK), commissioned a national opinion poll exploring attitudes towards health and care technologies, including telecare. The research highlighted a lack of public awareness of health and care technology, even amongst families using technology in most other aspects of their lives. Carers UK calls for: 

  • A step-change in public and professional awareness of health and care technologies so that use and purchase of technology to support caring becomes a normal part of life and of professional practice. 
  • Cross-Government action to identify and realise the potential of health and care technologies to support health and wellbeing, business growth and productivity, labour market participation, care workforce development and the sustainability of health and social care services. 
  • A vibrant, accessible health and care technologies market focused on consumers, which delivers attractive, affordable products and services which reflect how families live and work.

Business and Workforce Implications 

While not universal, there are increasing calls from interested parties for innovation in and access to new technologies. However, these aspirations are not being met by the market and commissioners. Work needs to be done to further develop the market and also to evaluate the impact of emergent technologies. Any ‘rush to digital’ should be soundly based on evidence of effectiveness. 

Skills for Care has a range of resources around assisted living technology and services, available here: 

Information: to share or not to share? Government response to Caldicott Review

This policy paper forms the response to Dame Fiona Caldicott’s independent review of how information about individuals is shared across the health and care system. The government accepts all the recommendations of the Caldicott report and highlights that while information sharing is essential to provide good care for everyone, there are rules that must be followed. The response is available here: 

Business and Workforce Implications 

  • The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published new guidance that sets out 5, easy-to-remember rules so that staff can make sure they deal with confidential patient information safely and securely: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/confguideorg

Social care reform: funding care for the future

This House of Commons Library note provides a brief history of the proposals to reform the system of adult social care, including information on the coalition government’s Caring for our future white paper and the accompanying progress report on funding reform published in July 2012.The note is available here: 

Final amendments were made to the Bill during the third reading in the House of Lords on 29 October. The Bill will now go to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments. The latest amended version of the Bill is available here:
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Andrew Clements,
Nov 7, 2013, 5:21 AM
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