Care Provider Alliance (CPA) chair Kathy Roberts has said the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic must be used to develop long-standing social care reform.
Speaking during the ADASS Virtual Spring Seminar 2021 yesterday, Kathy said the pandemic had highlighted gaps in parity between the NHS and social care.
The CPA chair said there had been no “ring of steel” to protect the care sector during the pandemic even though it had been clearly identified that the elderly and vulnerable were most at risk.
Kathy said care sector policy and guidance had lagged behind the NHS with early access to enhanced infection prevention and control, including PCR testing and PPE, limited.
While welcoming short term support for the sector, Kathy said “flexible negotiation for change” going forward was essential.
The CPA chair called for steps to make social care a highly regarded and attractive career.
She said the CPA should be fully involved in future decision making from the start, including the development of Integrated Care Services, and highlighted the need to eliminate private payers cross subsidising statutory responsibilities.
Kathy concluded: “ADASS, LGA, CPA and others clearly see adult social care as a crucial part of a healthy society which must be treated as such.
“The Care Provider Alliance believes central and local government must use the expertise, knowledge and experience available to them in strategically delivering care support appropriate for everyone. It’s about debate, innovation and permanent reform.”