What adult care reform means for social work

10/12/2022 11:30 - 12:30

The government is spending over £5bn from 2022-25 reforming adult social care to increase choice, improve quality and make access to care fairer and more accessible.

Key measures include the introduction of a cap on care costs, a more generous means-test for care and support, a drive to ensure councils pay providers a fair cost for care and a £500m investment to improve the skills and wellbeing of the workforce.

A handful of “trailblazer” authorities are currently testing how the cap and more generous means-test will work in practice, including their impact on the assessment and care planning workload for social workers and other practitioners.

In this session, speakers from trailblazer councils, government and the wider sector will discuss issues including:

  • How councils can best manage the significant increase in assessments, reviews and care planning in the wake of the reforms, including the role of supported self-assessments and delegating assessments to other bodies.
  • How to plan for and implement the reform’s workforce requirements, including in relation to attracting, retaining, deploying and supporting social workers.
  • How councils are engaging with local populations, including existing self-funders, in implementing the funding changes.
  • The impact and implications of authorities paying providers a fair cost for care.

Samantha Atkinson, director, social care reform, Department of Health and Social Care

Charlotte Taylor, director of improvement, change and control, adults and health, London Borough of Newham

Helen Winfield, head of community financial support, City of Wolverhampton Council

Tricia Pereira, director of operations, Skills for Care