The main CIPFA/ADASS Social Care & Welfare Reform and Health panels which met on 11 March 2016 concentrated on how the government might better facilitate the delivery of the integrated health and social care agenda to which all are committed. There were two main discussions:
The Social Care & Welfare Reform Panel were in favour of three general approaches which it was felt could be better delivered:
More specific potential requests were that:
These suggestions will be forwarded to the Department of Health to inform further discussion.
The Health Panel discussed an early draft of an update to CIPFA’s August 2015 publication ‘The Health of Health Finances’. They agreed with the general conclusion reached – that pressures would be more than the £30bn identified in the Five Year Forward View, and savings likely to be less than the £22bn being assumed, and so the current plans were unlikely to prove financially deliverable. That is emerging as something of a consensus across commentators, so the Panel concentrated on what flows from such a position:
The panels also considered various other workstreams, including a study (for the Department of Health) on the factors driving the cost of residential and domiciliary social care services, and how best to procure them; a potential tool for assessing longer term investments such as public health; and the health and social care aspects of a general guide to contract management practice.