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Adult Social Care

Wed, 23/11/2016

Adult Social Care


Britain has an growing ageing population that is living longer and experiencing more complex health issues requiring ongoing social care. With continuing public sector cuts to both health and social care and the changing role of local authorities from service providers to shaping the market. How will the growing demand for care and support be met now and in the future?


A report produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) – Total Transformation of care and support: creating the five year forward view for social care -  argues that adult social care will struggle to continue to provide good services that meet rising demand with significant transformation. Using data from Birmingham City Council it explores the potential for scaling up some of the most promising examples of care and support services to see what their impact would be on outcomes and costs. It finds that total transformation of care and support indicates potential improvements in outcomes for individuals, and potential savings of £6.6 million to the adult social care budget, along with £1.4 million to the NHS, per year, if three promising models were fully scaled up in Birmingham.


To those that buy social care services, guidance from the Department of Health (DH) has been issued to understand adult social care market shaping and how to take action. As part of understanding the market and how to develop supply to meet changing demands requires data and information on what currently exists, needs and requirements, its capacity to meet demand and gaps and quality of services and support available.


Skills for Care regularly produce national and regional reports. Currently there are nine regional reports and infographics use data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care and gives a picture of the adult social care workforce across England. The reports include data on a profile of the ageing population; the size of the adult social care workforce; an outline of recruitment and retention issues; pay rates; qualification levels; and demographic profiles of the workforce. A copy of the West Midlands regional report can be found here.