Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has pledged to introduce specialist content into the Care Certificate.
In a speech to local authorities, in Bournemouth he said that care workers would be empowered to help people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues. He also pledged up to £3 million this year for care managers to access further learning and development.
Councils were told of the government’s commitment to creating integrated care commissioning. He said: “Local areas are pooling budgets, jointly designating lead commissioners, creating place-based budgets, not payments based on a click of the turnstiles with all the perverse incentives that they bring.”
He said that direct taxpayer funding would form an important part of social care funding and that people would be given more control over personal health and social care budgets. A fair settlement for social care “was a key priority for the forthcoming Spending Review”, he pledged, adding: “Social care has for many years not received the attention and support that it deserves.”
He also apologised for the delayed social care green paper, blaming “a failure to build a cross-party consensus”.