Better Care Fund
The current crisis in social care in England (and let's be under no illusions, for 'crisis' is what it is) should come as no surprise. Demand and need for social care, especially but not exclusively, for elderly people, has been rising for many years, and is forecast to grow at accelerating rates for many more years. as it has for younger adults.
The integration of health and social care, the defining ambition at the heart of recent health and care reforms, was never
The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.
In 2015/16, health and social services will get a pooled budget of £3.8 billion for the express purpose of helping them work more closely together to deliver a 'Better Care Plan' - in other words, to help them implement a joined-up approach to patient care. The question is: can it be done?