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.

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What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?

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Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.

Care Quality Commission presents mixed picture of the state of care in England

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15 October 2019

Our response to the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England.

Social care funding: public perceptions and preferences

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10 October 2019

Anita Charlesworth reflects on findings about public preferences for adult social care funding.

Big promises from Labour and Lib Dems, but little detail

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27 September 2019

With the Conservative party conference around the corner, and General Election anticipation at fever pitch, Ruth Thorlby dissects the social care proposals presented by the two main opposition parties...

Labour proposals highlight urgent need for reform of social care

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23 September 2019

Heath Foundation response to Labour Party’s proposals for social care.

The Health Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council partner to support a new UK Centre to enhance the use of research evidence in adult social care

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9 September 2019

The Centre will aim to increase the use of high quality research evidence to improve and support innovation within adult social care.

No-deal Brexit could cause significant harm to health and social care services

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3 September 2019

The Health Foundation joins The King's Fund and Nuffield Trust in writing joint letter to MPs outlining four areas where the impact of a no-deal Brexit could be felt most sharply in health and social ...

Urgent need to address systematic failings and stabilise the social care sector in England

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30 August 2019

Health Foundation response to Age UK report, ‘The Health and Care of Older People in England 2019’.

New government must act to end the shameful policy failure at the heart of adult social care

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30 August 2019

Health Foundation says political will and £7.5bn of additional government funding will establish a fairer, more stable care system

New report shines a welcome light on the perilous state of adult social care

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4 July 2019

Health Foundation response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on social care funding.

Retention and sustainability of social care workforce (RESSCW)

Research project

Project to investigate the factors influencing low staff retention in UK social care, with the aim of improving understanding of the organisational and individual drivers of care staff retention, and ...

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