Leaders have called on the government to invest in the future provision of high quality adult social care in a new booklet published by Care England.
Sir David Behan, chief executive of the CQC, Stephen Dorrell, chair of the NHS Confederation, and Liberal Democrat Health Secretary Norman Lamb are among the contributors to Game Changers in 21st Century Social Care.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England (pictured) said: “If we are going to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we have to get social care right and this will require some clear political leadership.
“We need citizens to know what they should expect from the system, and what the system will expect them to contribute to receive high quality personalised care. There is a need for a national approach, which is not left to the vagaries of a postcode lottery and is integrated with every aspect of our lives.
“Citizens of the 21st century want to have good lives, and the services that support them should be flexible and almost invisible to the consumer. The health and care system needs to stop its obsession with structures and focus on outcomes. 21st century health and social care should be part of a seamless amalgam of policy and services that support people to live dignified and autonomous lives. Social care services are vital to citizens and important to our economy, and they should be seen as a national priority.
“If we are going to deliver appropriate care and support we must ensure that our current system innovates and finds new solutions to the challenge of today’s and our future needs.”