Fit for the Future: Tackling Adult Social Care | IPT
Chair: Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Minister for Voluntary Sector and Charities
Speaker: Dr James Brown, Director of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing, Aston University
Speaker: Joan Elliott, Managing Director, BUPA UK Care Services
Virtual Event


Tuesday 27 October 2020


This is an online event

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According to research by Age UK, 1.5 million older people in the UK have unmet need for care. This is estimated to rise to 2.1 million by 2030 if existing systems and funding remain in place., There are concerns such as unmet need for care, the existence of a postcode lottery of care services, and a high turnover of staff. These concerns are thought to have a knock-on effect on the NHS, resulting in further pressure on the service. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society showed people living with dementia have had to spend nearly £15 billion of their own money on social care since 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the adult care sector and prior to the crisis the Government had indicated reforms to social care would be published by the end of 2020. What long term solutions could be effective in developing a robust, sustainably funded, regionally consistent and quality social care system?

This event will: 

  • Review current funding for the social care system and areas of focus for future investment.
  • Examine the extent of existing workforce shortages in social care and how to address these, including training and standards.
  • Consider how to better integrate social and health care systems to provide a more consistent landscape.