Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

The future of adult social care


Event summary

Reform of adult social care is long overdue and remains one of the thorniest issues on the UK political landscape. COVID-19 has clearly highlighted weaknesses in the sector’s resilience – and should act as a catalyst for reform. The shift in public perception of health and care services means there may never be a better time to consider what needs to be done to ensure the most vulnerable members of society are receiving the care they need. Join us in this webinar to discuss the past and present of adult social care, and what reforms must take place in a world that has been significantly changed as a result of the pandemic.


12 August 2020
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 12:00

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About this event

Speakers include CIPFA Health and Social Care Policy Manager Dr Eleanor Roy, Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Ewan King and Aileen Murphie from the National Audit Office. They will consider lessons learnt from the pandemic, how these should inform adult social care reform and what the future system may look like. Dr Eleanor Roy will discuss what is required in terms of funding reform and CIPFA’s five-point plan for the development of a sustainable system.

Who should attend?

This event is free for all to attend who are interested in how adult social care has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. It may be especially relevant for those working in adult social care or who are interested in future reform.

How will I benefit from attending?

By the end of the one day event you will:

  • gain insight from industry leaders on the state of adult social care in the UK, including SCIE’s Department of Health and Social Care’s funded work to adult social care with COVID-19
  • learn about current issues that impact the sector
  • participate in discussion about how the adult social care system will be affected by COVID-19 and what actions must be taken to make the sector resilient for the future

CPD hours

One CPD hour.


  • Health and social care
  • / Local government

Speaker - Aileen Murphie, Director, MHCLG and Local Government value for money, National Audit Office

Aileen Murphie

Aileen has led the NAO’s value for money work on local government since July 2013. She has published reports to Parliament on financial sustainability of local authorities, most recently on the position of the sector in 2018 after eight years of funding reductions. She has also reported regularly on local economic growth and on devolution, most recently with ‘Progress in setting up combined authorities’ and a third report into the governance of LEPs. She has published ‘Housing in England: an overview’ and ‘Homelessness in England’ assessing trends in homelessness and the government’s measures to combat its rise. Last but not least, a report on the halting progress on integrating health and social care, ‘The interface between health and social care’ highlighted that despite 20 years of trying, this key question in public policy remains unresolved.

Speaker - Ewan King - Deputy Chief Executive, SCIE

Ewan King joined SCIE in September 2014 and leads the organisation’s business development, marketing, research, consultancy and communications functions. Ewan leads the Department for Health and Social Care funded Social Care Innovation Network, and programme of work in support of the Department’s COVID-19 Adult Social Care Action Plan. Ewan is on the National Advisory Group for the School of Social Care Research and the Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership at the University of Birmingham. Until recently, Ewan was Engagement Lead for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. Ewan has been Director of Research at the OPM Group, an employee owned research organisation and consultancy. Before joining OPM, Ewan worked as a researcher for the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Warwick University.