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Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce ‘Care for all’, the 2nd National Social Care Conference and Exhibition set to examine how the reforms to the healthcare provision across the nation have affected the services delivered.
“Some people need extra care or support - practical or emotional - to lead an active life and do the everyday things that many of us take for granted. The government is working to provide a social care system that provides care for those who need it, and which enables people to retain their independence and dignity.” Department of Health
July 2012, saw the publication of the ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’ White Paper. The White Paper outlined the vision for a reformed care and support system one that would;
- focus on people’s wellbeing and support them to stay independent for as long as possible
- introduce greater national consistency in access to care and support
- provide better information to help people make choices about their care
- give people more control over their care
- improve support for carers
- improve the quality of care and support
- improve integration of different services
On the 10th May 2013 the ‘Care Bill’ was published, introducing legislation to provide protection and support to the people who need it most and to take forward elements of the government’s initial response to the Francis Inquiry, and will give people peace of mind that they will be treated with compassion when in hospital, care homes or their own home.
The Bill pulls together threads from over a dozen different Acts into a single, modern framework for care and support, fundamentally reforming how the law works, prioritising people’s wellbeing, needs and goals so that individuals will no longer feel like they are battling against the system to get the care and support they need and for the first time, it puts carers on a par with those for whom they care. The Bill is divided into three parts:
Reform of care and support
The Bill brings together existing care and support legislation into a new, modern set of laws and builds the system around people’s wellbeing, needs and goals.
It sets out new rights for carers, emphasises the need to prevent and reduce care and support needs, and introduces a national eligibility threshold for care and support.
It introduces a cap on the costs that people will have to pay for care and sets out a universal deferred payment scheme so that people will not have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for residential care.
Response to the Francis Inquiry on failings at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital
The Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry led by Robert Francis QC, identified failures across the health and care system that must never happen again. This Bill helps deliver the Government’s commitment to ensure patients are the first and foremost consideration of the system and everyone who works in it. It sets out Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes so that patients and the public can compare organisations or services in a fair and balanced way and make informed choices about where to go.
It will enable the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, appointed by the Care Quality Commission, to trigger a process to deal with unresolved problems with the quality of care more effectively.
It will also make it a criminal offence for health and care providers to supply or publish false or misleading information.
Health Education England and the Health Research Authority
The Bill establishes Health Education England (HEE) and the Health Research Authority (HRA) as statutory non-departmental public bodies, giving them the impartiality and stability they need to carry out their roles in improving education and training for healthcare professionals, and protecting the interests of people in health and social care research.
‘Care for All’ will explore the Care Bill presenting a unique forum for debate, bringing together those at the forefront of this agenda and those responsible for delivering high quality care to listen to the real concerns and issues. Simultaneously, the conference will provide a platform for the dissemination of learning and best practice, and a showcase of productivity and innovation.
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Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
- Jeremy Porteus, Director, Housing Learning and Improvement Network
- Alex Fox, CEO, SharedLivesPlus
- Ed Moses, Deputy Director Head of Social Care Strategic Policy and Finance, DH
- Question and Answer Panel Session-Afternoon
- Question and Answer Panel Session-Morning
Associate Director for Social Care
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)