Thursday 2 July 10.00 – 11.00 BST
A crisis in adult social care? Learning from across the UK
Patrick J Hall, Research Fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham
David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
Reena Devi, Senior Research Fellow, School of Healthcare, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Leeds
Chair: Tara Lamont, Senior Scientific Adviser (Evidence Use), Wessex Institute
For perhaps two decades people have been declaring that there is a crisis in social care – and over the last decade it has become more acute as access to care and funding for care have reduced at the same time as the need and demand for care have increased. Governments have produced a long list of reports, reviews and proposals but little action has followed. Social care arrangements in the four countries of the UK have diverged, most notably with integrated health and care delivery in Northern Ireland and free personal care in Scotland. The current pandemic has been a tragedy particularly in social care and has thrown the issues of resourcing into painfully sharp relief. In this plenary our three presenters will explore the longstanding challenges of social care as well as the current crisis, and ask what we can learn from research and comparative analysis across the UK.