Developing the ‘Rebalancing Care and Support’ white paper will provide the route map to a modern and agile social care sector, the Welsh Government has said in its COVID-19 recovery plan, Health and Social Care in Wales COVID 19: Looking Forward.
The ‘Rebalancing Care and Support’ white paper, which is out for consultation until April 6, proposes revised payment structures for residential care providers, as well as ensuring staff receive the Real Living Wage.
Also promised is a new ‘national office’ for social care. This will consolidate activities of bodies including the National Commissioning Board, with insight from Social Care Wales, and the workforce regulator. There are also plans to give greater commissioning powers to Regional Partnership Boards (RPBs), to rebalance residential and domiciliary care, as well as establish teams of community Allied Health Professionals to service care home residents.
Welsh social care politicians note that the financial sustainability of the sector remains a significant challenge which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. They said: “We will work with our partners, which includes care providers, to shape a future funding approach which enables commissioners to respond to changing population need by securing the care and support provision we need as a nation for the future.”