What is a preventative service?

There is a real need to understand prevention just now.

Social care services are facing increasing demand and expectations, alongside reducing resources. The draft Care and Support Bill makes it a statutory duty for local authorities to provide services or take other steps to prevent, reduce or delay needs for care and support. The growing integration agenda focuses on the need for proactive, joined-up services, and funding for integration is likely to be linked to services being able to show that they are effective in prevention.

What to provide?

I have just spent a galvanising time at the Research in Practice for Adults Leaders’ Forum. The theme was making resources go further through prevention and the timing, coinciding with the Queen’s speech, made for a thought-provoking 24 hours. My main reflection is on the need for clarity about what adult social care councils must provide, what is worth providing additionally, and what falls outside their role. This is increasingly essential as councils make more difficult decisions about what care and support they can afford (see the latest ADASS survey).


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