Notes to editors
1. For further information, interviews or a copy of the report, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, or 07831 554927. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
2. The King’s Fund set up an independent committee, chaired by Julia Unwin OBE, to undertake the Inquiry during 2004, with support from a secretariat involving staff at the King’s Fund. Its secretary was Janice Robinson, senior adviser in health and social care, King’s Fund. She was assisted by Penny Banks, fellow in social care, King’s Fund, and Sarah Robinson, administrator, King’s Fund. The members of the inquiry were:
- Ratna Dutt, Director, REU
- Peter Fletcher, Director, Peter Fletcher Associates
- Howard Glennerster, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics
- Tessa Harding, Head of Policy, Help the Aged
- William Laing, Director, Laing & Buisson
- Leslie Marks, Chair, Bromley Council on Ageing
- Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity, Audit Commission
- Jo Moriarty, Research Fellow, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London
- Peter Smallridge, Chair, Ashford Primary Care Trust
- Peter Westland, Commissioner, Commission for Social Care Inspection
- Peter Williams, Deputy Director, Council of Mortgage Lenders.
3. Download the Inquiry report, The Business of Caring: King's Fund inquiry into care services for older people in London from The King's Fund website.
4. New research - the Inquiry committee also commissioned four new research studies, and a briefing on housing and care issues, from researchers with extensive experience in this field. Their work provided the committee with a wealth of detailed information that helped it to drill down on some of the broad issues raised in other evidence presented to the committee. The research studies have been published as working papers to accompany the committee’s final report. They look at commissioning care services in London; social care expectations of the next generation; understanding public services and care markets; and trends in the London care market 1994–2024.
5. The King’s Fund commissioned former NatWest Group chief executive Sir Derek Wanless in January to carry out a fundamental review into the long term demand for and supply of social care for older people in England. This report will follow the two independent reviews Sir Derek conducted for the Government on future health care spending in the UK and on public health in England. Sir Derek will report back the findings of his review by the Spring of 2006.
6. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.