A new future for social care? Good practice approaches to meeting care and support needs

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The future of health and social care funding in England

Panel discussion with Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Liz Kendall MP, Kate Barker, Yvonne Braun and Dr Dan Poulter MP.

Key findings from the ADASS budget survey report 2016

Brendan Martin and Jos de Blok

Buurtzorg - could it work in England?

Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
Ruth Thorlby, Deputy Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust
The sustainability of social care services: interim findings

David Pearson, Corporate Director, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection
Progress in delivering an integrated health and social care system in a diverse landscape

Stephen Fitzpatrick
Enabling the best care for older people living with frailty

Dennis Bacon, Chair, Norfolk Independent Care
Building a shared culture to enable independence

Alan Long
How to commission for outcomes and evaluating the impact

James Cawley, Associate Director - Adult Care Commissioning and Housing
A new future for social care? - Promoting independence and personalisation of care

Shirley Hall
Measuring care needs: a proactive approach for older people in supported housing

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus
Shared Lives and family carers: what does Shared Lives offer and what are the benefits?

Sheila Watson and Ruth Battey
Enhancing front door arrangements

Jane Allen
Demonstrating how Shared Lives supports people with mental health problems

Eddie Clarke P2P Chair
Strengthening networks of support and advice in the community


Social care continues to work within a financially challenging environment, face unprecedented levels of scrutiny and work with an agenda that promotes choices and personalised care.

This conference offered a key opportunity for social care leaders, policy-makers, commissioners, and providers to explore how the sector can respond positively to the challenges now and in the future.

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The sustainability of social care services

We're currently undertaking a joint research project with the Nuffield Trust exploring the pressures facing care services and their implications.

We showcased the findings at the event and shared evidence on the relationship between changes in spending, how this feeds through to the quality and quantity of services, and the impact on the health and wellbeing of people who use them.

Debating the future of social care funding

We debated the funding model and policy levers needed to secure a sustainable future for social care with members of parliament and leading social care figures.

Innovative practices and strategies

Breakout sessions featured innovative services that are delivering excellent outcomes for individuals – and cost savings for commissioners too.

Overcoming the challenges facing the sector

In addition to funding, we looked at how to overcome the regulation, quality and workforce challenges that face the sector.

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