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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.
* 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.
* 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.