Social care

Social care is the personal care or support given to children or adults in need or at risk

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This care or support can be both practical and emotional – and the individual’s needs might stem from illness, disability, old age or poverty.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Creating ACE-informed places: promoting a whole-system approach to tackling adverse childhood experiences in local communities

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This project is aiming to improve how effectively public services in England prevent and mitigate the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences.

Improving children’s social care staff wellbeing through reflexive peer group supervision and critical incident debrief

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This project is aiming to improve staff wellbeing, recruitment and retention through the introduction of safe spaces and a debrief service.

NHS long term plan announcement: a welcome commitment but trade-offs are inevitable

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6 January 2019

Health Foundation response to Prime Minister’s announcement of NHS long term plan.

Identifying the active ingredients for success

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6 December 2018

Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics, welcomes new investment in community health care teams but encourages the NHS to build on past evaluations.

Funding challenges of the social care system in England

Consultation response
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November 2018

Our response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into the funding challenges of the social care system in England.

Demand for adult social care services has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16

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23 October 2018

Health Foundation response to NHS Digital data on Adult Social Care and Finance Activity

The interface between health and social care

Consultation response
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July 2018

Our submission sets out the key challenges and enablers for health and social care integration.

Even on its 70th birthday, social care remains a Cinderella service

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12 July 2018

For the sake of our ageing population, resolving the thorny issue of how to pay for this vital public service is essential

Health Foundation response to NAO's report on the health and social care interface

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4 July 2018

New report helpfully summarises a whole range of barriers that must be overcome, but the focus needed to overcome these will be extremely difficult to find with the social care system in such a perilo...

Identifying options for funding the NHS and social care in the UK: international evidence

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June 2018

This working paper explores how other countries approach funding their health and social care systems.

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