The King's Fund ramps up social care work ahead of Green Paper with appointment of Richard Humphries

The King’s Fund has added to its social care expertise ahead of the government’s forthcoming Green Paper on the future of the care and support system with the appointment of Richard Humphries, the former Chief Executive of the Department of Health’s Care Services Improvement Partnership as Senior Fellow in Social Care.

Richard Humphries will lead The King’s Fund's social care programme as the government works towards delivering a new settlement for the care and support system. Richard is a former social services director and was Chief Executive of Herefordshire Health Authority in a combined role which was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. He spent five years at the Department of Health helping to support the implementation of national health and social care policy. More recently, Richard has worked as an independent consultant and is joint chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Associates Network.

Richard Humphries said: 'The government has signalled major reform of social care and current economic challenges strengthen the case for change. I plan to ensure that The Fund’s expertise and analysis is at the heart of what promises to be a crucial debate about the future of our care and support system. The Fund has a vital role to play in providing independent analysis of the options for reform the government outlines in the Green Paper, as well as offering itself as a neutral venue for the key players to come together to examine and debate the options.'

The King’s Fund has played an influential role in the debate around social care funding since the seminal review it carried out in 2006 prompted the government to commit to reform. It also convened the Caring Choices coalition, which it led in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Help the Aged and Age Concern England.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:

'This is a critical time for social care and we are delighted to have the benefit of Richard’s experience and expertise. His knowledge of the sector will prove invaluable as we look to work with the government, opposition parties and all those involved in the care system to deliver a new settlement that ends the misery experienced by so many older and disabled people and their families.'

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  1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press and public affairs office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
  2. The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.
  3. Richard Humphries has recently worked as an independent consultant in social care, health and housing as part of a wider portfolio of interests including joint chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Associates Network and trustee of a national charity for older people, IndependentAge. Richard began his social work career in 1977 after graduating from the London School of Economics. He trained originally as a psychiatric social worker at Manchester University Medical School and went on to work in a variety of social work practice, policy and management roles before becoming Director of Social Services and Housing for Herefordshire County Council in 1998. Two years later he also became Chief Executive of Herefordshire Health Authority in a combined role which was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. From 2002 Richard worked for the Department of Health in helping to support the implementation of national health and social care policy; initially as Director of the Health and Social Care Change Agent Team and then Chief Executive of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) until summer 2007.
  4. * The King’s Fund commissioned Sir Derek Wanless to produce a report into the future of social care funding. Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view was published in March 2006 and is free to download from The King's Fund's website.
  5. * Following Sir Derek Wanless’ review, The King’s Fund, along with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Help the Aged and Age Concern England, formed and led the Caring Choices initiative: a coalition of 15 organisations from across the long-term care system that sought to gather the views of older people, carers and others with direct experience of the system on how care should best be funded in the future. Throughout 2007, the coalition engaged with more than 700 individuals at a series of consultation events across England and Scotland and through an interactive website. The final report, The Future of Care Funding: Time for a change, was published in January 2008 and is available to download on The King's Fund website.