The separate and combined meetings of the CIPFA/ADASS Social Care & Welfare Reform and Health panels on 18 December 2015 revolved largely around three forward looks: at the likely consequences of the spending and settlement announcements made in late November and just before Christmas; at the health and social care products to be launched in 2016; and at the plans for further development of CIPFA’s new Health and Integration Faculty.
Social Care & Welfare Reform Panel members noted CIPFA’s settlement responses to date, agreeing that the settlement went only part of the way towards dealing with the pressures, and emphasised:
The Health Panel also picked up on public health in concluding that, although the settlement looks good, and it is a good deal better than might have been the case, it benefits the NHS rather than health as a whole, and even in the NHS some caution is in order:
Reports were received on several forthcoming products:
Both panels approved the forward strategy for the Health & Integration Faculty, which seeks to balance the triple aims of growing CIPFA membership, raising its profile and voice, and growing the revenue contributed via the faculty’s work. Areas flagged to explore further included: