Chairman of specialist care provider PJ Care, Neil Russell, has backed a major report calling for a move to an outcome based adult social care system.
Neil (pictured) spoke in support of the findings of Skills for Care’s report, The value of adult social care in England, which argued social care funding should be based on better outcomes rather than processes in order to ensure that the sector is sustainable.
Neil said: “A joined-up service that focuses on the outcomes for people is more cost-effective because it prevents placement breakdowns, and, more importantly, makes for improved health, wellbeing and quality of life for the person.
“We see repeatedly residents who have their health funding cut and moved out of our care to a ‘cheaper’ placement. This may appear to save money, but it doesn’t meet their needs and actually costs more because of the expensive medication that’s needed and staff don’t have the specialist skills to care for them. Their health outcomes are reduced and, sometimes, they return to us by which time their needs are greater, and the cost of the placement has increased.
“This shows the false economy of basing care decisions on processes and cost rather than where a person can achieve the best health outcomes.
“Failure to address these issues now will see homes closing across the sector as they become dangerously short-staffed and unable to recruit, the knock-on effects of this will see potentially irreversible damage to the NHS and society as a whole and we will not be able to look after the most vulnerable.”
Neil is chairman of Milton Keynes-based PJ Care, a provider of neurological care for adults with progressive conditions such as dementia, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and those with acquired brain injuries. The company runs two specialist care centres in Milton Keynes and another in Peterborough, employing about 600 people in all.