Care provider voices heard in government

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Over 3,000 care homes were represented in a summit with the Department of Health this week.

The SME Care Provider Summit between care leaders and health minister David Mowat was held on Tuesday.

National Care Association chairman Nadra Ahmed (pictured with Sir Roger Gale MP and Baroness Pitkeathley OBE) told Care Home Professional: “The purpose of the event was to ensure the real voices of care providers are being heard. We are keen to create pathways with national and local government which will enable them to understand that social care provision is well placed to elevate the challenges society faces with increasing pressures on the NHS and in society in general.

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“All that is needed is a fair and true reflection of the value of social care services and the impact it has on improving the lives of millions of people on a daily basis.”

During the meeting the care delegation presented five solutions to the care crisis to the minister.

These included: a comprehensive review of workforce funding; an evaluation of the status and role of a registered manager; a root and branch review of commissioning practices; consideration given to loan equipment issues for assessed needs which many services are unable to access through the NHS; and an assessment of whether the regulator is unintentionally acting as an obstacle to integration.

To read the conclusions of the meeting in full, click here.

The summit followed the publication of the NCA’s ‘Mind the gap’ report which outlines highlights  underfunding in the sector.

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