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


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?

About 15 mins to read

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

Event: What will it take to fix social care?

21 November 2019

We are pleased to be hosting a breakfast seminar on Thursday 21 November at which the options for reforming the adult social care system will be set out by leading social care and economic experts.

Liberal Democrat pledge would double recent growth in health spending but falls just short of what's needed to modernise the service

Press release
18 November 2019

Health Foundation response to the Liberal Democrats’ NHS and social care funding pledge.

UK Centre for Evidence Implementation in Adult Social Care


Applications are now open for Intentions to submit and full proposals should be submitted by 16:00 on 29 January 2019.

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

Press release
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

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

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

Press release
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

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

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

Press release
30 August 2019

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

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