A sustainable social care system Our research and analysis of social care aims to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.
Social care is the provision of personal care or support to children or adults in need or at risk. This care or support can be both practical and emotional – and the individual’s needs might stem from illness, disability, old age or poverty. Within the UK social care policy is devolved across the four nations.
Whereas the health care system is free at the point of use, in England social care is means-tested, which remains a source of inequity and unfairness. Particularly at a time where social care funding is falling per capita in real terms, reducing the amount and quality of social care that is publicly provided.
An ageing population and increase in the number of younger adults living with disabilities are pushing up the cost of caring for older and disabled people, placing the social care system under huge strain. While all four nations are facing the same demand pressures, the social care system in England needs adequate funding to return to previous levels of access and quality, in addition to the rising demand and costs.
Our research and analysis of social care aims to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.
The Budget continued a pattern of minimal short-term social care funding and nothing about longer term reform, write Lucinda Allen and Charles Tallack.
There are endemic failures in the adult social care market. In this blog we explain why reform is needed and identify a set of questions we think need to be explored.
We bring together emerging evidence of the pandemic’s impact so far on a workforce that has for too long been undervalued, underpaid and politically neglected.
The Health Foundation has launched the REAL Centre, dedicating £20m of investment to its work supporting long-term planning in health and social care.
Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee on the need for a comprehensive workforce strategy for the NHS and social care sectors.
Health Foundation response to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Budget Survey 2020.
Health Foundation submission to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry on how much extra money is needed in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on t...
Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High and increasing staff turnover rates – the proportion of staff leaving their roles in the previous 12...