Care England has expressed its disappointment over a consultation on integrated care systems, saying it ignores adult social care providers.
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) have been consulting on integrating care systems (ICS). They have published policy proposals for the future of these systems in England and outlined plans as to how they are to become legislation by April 2022, subject to governmental approval.
Responding to the consultation, Care England said that while it supports the direction of the policy as it emphasises the need for a greater degree of collaboration and integration across the health and social care system, this integration must include a place for independent adult social care sector providers.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “Adult social care is essential to the fabric of society, this has been seen in technicolour over the incredibly difficult past months so it is disappointing that NHSEI has failed to recognise the strategic relationship between health and social care providers in its future planning for integrated care”.
He added: “As such an important part of the jigsaw, adult social care should not be fighting its case, rather NHS England should be focusing on a vision for the future incorporating a workforce plan and fairer funding to providers including Continuing Healthcare.”