Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) has outlined seven principles of reform for a world class social care system.
Speaking at the World Social Work Day conference in London on Tuesday (March 20) the Minister said there must be a relentless and unswerving focus on providing the highest standards of care.
This was his first speech since his department was given full responsibility for social care in January 2018.
At the conference he launched a 10-year workforce strategy to ensure everyone gets joint health and social care assessments and care plans.
There will be a £1m pilot in Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
“This means a commitment to tackling poor care with minimum standards enforced throughout the system so that those using social care services are always kept safe and treated with the highest standards of dignity and compassion,” he said.
He admitted that this will take time, but that must not be an excuse to put off necessary reforms. “Nor must it delay the debate we need to have with the public about where the funding for social care in the future should come from.”
The speech set out seven key principles to reform social care and these will be detailed in a Green Paper to be published in the summer.
The principles are:
- Quality and safety embedded in service provision
- Whole person, integrated care with the NHS and social care systems operating as one
- The highest possible control given to those receiving support
- A valued workforce
- Better practical support for families and carers
- A sustainable funding model for social care supported by a diverse, vibrant and stable market
- Greater security for those born or developing a care need early in life and for those entering old age who do not know what their future care needs may be.
“Innovation will be central to all of these principles and we will not succeed unless the systems we establish embrace the changes in technology and medicine that are profoundly reshaping our world,” said Mr Hunt.