FUTURE OF CARE: Care England chief highlights ‘critical year’ for social care

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Care England CEO, Professor Martin Green OBE, has said social care faces a “critical year” in 2020 during an address to a major conference.

Speaking at yesterday’s Future of Care event at The King’s Fund, Martin said 2020 also could be a “year of opportunity” for the sector.

The Care England CEO said there was urgent need to align commissioning and policy in the sector, adding it was “ridiculous” for politicians to talk about integration and not develop a workforce plan for social care, including skills and competencies that were transferrable across health and social care.

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Martin called for parity between health and social care, adding the latter needed to be bolder about championing itself.

“We need to make what we do everybody’s business,” he said. “We need to stop being silent.”

The Care England CEO noted the Government appeared to have abandoned plans for its much-awaited Green Paper, with the launch of a White Paper now more likely.

He called for this to give clarity on the future direction of social care funding and a “clear recognition of the care workforce and the contribution they make”.

On funding, Martin added: “The Government needs to give us clarity about what we are going to contribute and what they are going to contribute.”

He said a variety of funding options should be on the table, including an integrated pension and care funding plan.

Martin also called for the development of a less punitive and judgemental regulatory system.

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  1. Care England CEO, Professor Martin Green OBE is correct that 2020 is a critical year for Social Care and the Budget on 11 March 2020 could go some way to solve some of the problems.

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