Public sector should put more faith in social care in times of financial pressure
The public sector should put more trust in business
providers of social care at a time of tough financial pressure,
delegates at the KM Health and Social Care Expo were told.
Andrew Ireland, Kent County Council’s corporate director for
families and social care, said commissioning authorities should not
set up a large system that seemed to function on the assumption
that the provider was not going to deliver.
He said: “The expectation is that you will deliver, you are
fantastic providers, and we wouldn’t be contracting with you if you
There would have to be a different quality of relationship
between commissioners and providers, as users were given more
control over the choice of services they needed.
Social care was at a crossroads, he said: “We’re in the middle
of one of the biggest squeezes the industry and local authorities
have ever felt.
“There is an inexorable rise in demand from growing numbers of
older people, equivalent growth in the number of people with
dementia, children with profound and severe disabilities who are
surviving into adulthood, and increasing numbers of adults with
learning difficulties who are living into old age.
"We also have downward pressure on the resource base that I’ve
never known in my 30-year career.”
Hundreds of visitors, including many from schools, attended the
event at the Kent Showground. It was organised by the KM Group in
association with Kent Social Care Professionals.
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