Welcome to ‘the Age of Intermediate Care’
An additional £1.3bn in COVID emergency funding last March ‘jump-started’ Intermediate Care, say Iain MacBeath and Ralph Cook. If this focus continues the results would be game-changing, they add.
Short-termism can be expensive
COVID-19 has laid bare the numerous challenges faced by adult social care. Iain MacBeath, NCASC 2020 speaker on funding and reform, says now is the time to take a risk and develop the integrated services we’ve aspired to.
A perfect storm for care homes
Councils must now strategically invest in services to help people stay in their own homes and negotiate jointly with their NHS partners to play a bigger role in modern nursing homes, says Iain MacBeath.
COVID-19: Hertfordshire’s support for care sector provides confidence for the future
Iain MacBeath explains how Hertfordshire CC has stepped in to offer certainty and support to the care sector during COVID-19 – ‘doing the right thing by our care workers’.
Securing the foundations for change
A five-year jointly-commissioned mental health and learning disability contract worth well over £300m offers a platform of stability that will enable long-term planning and investment, says Iain MacBeath.
Providing a clear picture of care
By bringing financial and care quality data together to be accessed in one place in real-time, 11 councils are reaping the benefits of a regional collaboration. Iain MacBeath explains.
United in the social care challenge
Working more closely with the voluntary and community sector could offer councils a new way to tackle pressure on adult social care. Iain MacBeath explains how Hertfordshire CC launched a new fund to ensure the sector receives the support it needs
Making a case for the precept
Iain MacBeath explains Hertfordshire CC’s decision to deploy a 2% social care precept amid mounting staff costs and growing demand on services.
Getting to the Hert of health care
Iain MacBeath explains Hertfordshire’s innovative collaboration with the NHS and how the Better Care Fund is further transforming the local approach
Winning hearts and minds in Herts
Demographic pressures are adding £10m a year to Hertfordshire CC's annual adult social care bill. Iain MacBeath outlines how the county's innovations help the elderly and reduce bills through personalised advice and support for carers.