A Crisis In Adult Social Care? Learning From Across The UK

Watch a recording of this webinar which took place on Thursday 2 July, 10.00 – 11.00 BST:


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.

In their blog, panellists summarise themes from their presentations and respond to questions raised by the audience during the event.