Wanless Social Care Review

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What did we do in this project?

Derek Wanless's final report, Securing Good Care for Older People, published in March 2006, looked at the challenges facing social care over the next 20 years, the resources that will be needed to meet them, and the options for finding those resources.

The report advocated a 'partnership' model of funding as the best, fairest and most cost-effective way of delivering a minimum level of care to people that they could top-up from their own resources.

Why are we interested in this piece of work?

In 2002, Sir Derek Wanless, the former chief executive of NatWest Group, published Securing Our Future Health for the Treasury. One of the recommendations of this report into future health care trends and spending was that a similar review of social care was needed.

In 2005, The King's Fund commissioned Sir Derek to conduct such a review.

Project team

The social care review was undertaken in collaboration with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics. Julien Forder, senior research fellow and deputy director of LSE Health and Social Care, was seconded to the review as project manager.

Sir Derek Wanless was also assisted by an advisory steering group chaired by Niall Dickson, chief executive of The King's Fund. Its other members were:

  • John Appleby chief economist at The King's Fund
  • Penny Banks, fellow in health and social care at The King's Fund
  • Jennifer Dixon, policy director at The King's Fund
  • Jose-Luis Fernandez, research fellow at PSSRU
  • Professor Martin Knapp, professor of social policy and director of PSSRU
  • Janice Robinson, senior adviser in health and social care at The King's Fund.