Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has highlighted that the voice of the adult social care must be heard in the development of Integrated Care Systems and the Health and Care Bill.
The comments came following Care England’s response to NHS England’s and NHS Improvement’s ICS Design Framework, which sets out the expectations for the next stage of system development.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “This document represents an important building block in the future development of Integrated Care Systems. As such, we felt that it was key to respond in writing so that the adult social care sector’s voice is well heard in the future development of the system.
“Adult social care participation and the clinical expertise which the sector brings should be seen as an asset and not a hindrance. It is only through a truly integrated, inclusive and accountable system that we will erode perceptions of NHS centricity and create a truly collaborative system.”
Writing to NHS Director of Systems Partnerships, ICS development, Roger Davidson, last week, Care England laid out some of the concerns, but also positives that it, and its members, had taken from the paper.
The representative body welcomed the proposal that the NHS Body and the Partnership Board should hold meetings in public and publish papers/vision and progress regularly and in an accessible way, as well as the proposal that place-based partnerships within ICS areas should also involve independent adult social care providers.
However, Care England said it needed to see more about how conflicts will be managed for NHS providers and ensure contracts are awarded on a transparent basis and wanted to know how this will be monitored and how independent sector provider complaints will be addressed.
Care England also wanted to know what mechanisms to challenge there were in the event that adult social care providers feel they have not been consulted on development proposals.
To read Care England’s response to the ICS Design Framework in full, please go to its Member Area (under the tab ‘policy: consultation, comments and responses’) at Log in | Care England