Care England chief sets out 21st century vision

Professor Martin Green

Care England CEO Professor Martin Green OBE has called for a revolution in social care in a Local Government Association (LGA) report.

Professor Green’s comments come in the LGA’s State of the nation publication in which leaders call for government action to tackle the care sector crisis.

The Care England boss said: “The current situations of perpetual crisis cannot be allowed to continue and the government should come forward with a clear plan, which sets stabilising our current services as a priority.”

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Professor Green goes on to set out the steps required to achieve a care sector fit for the 21st century, including a “long-term and sustainable system for funding social care” beginning with the implementation of the Dilnot proposals.

He calls for the development of insurance products and the use of pension contributions to fund long-term care needs.

Better integration of health and social care is required with a range of new services developed by the social care centre which would see care homes becoming centres of excellence for the management of long-term conditions.

He outlines a vision where care centres are combined with community facilities so that people can gain advice on how to live with conditions such as osteoporosis and dementia while visiting the post office, library or coffee shop rather than the GP or hospital.

“What we need to do is sweep away old practices and preconceived ideas about how services are delivered and recognise that people’s aspirations and lives have changed and the system needs to change with them,” Professor Green argues.

An LGA poll found two-thirds of people want more spening on social care although they were less clear how this should be funded with less than a half willing to pay higher council taxes.

During the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCAS) in Manchester, yesterday, senior vice chancellor of the LGA, councillor Nick Forbes called for a “national movement to raise awareness of what social care is and why it matters”.

“Councils have long-argued that it is a false economy to pump money into the NHS but leave social care so chronically underfunded,” he said.

“The government must use the Autumn Statement to provide councils with the funding to ensure we have a fair care system where everybody can receive safe, high-quality care and support.”

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