Will COVID be the catalyst for change?
Simon Bottery argues there is overwhelming evidence to show that people ‘want a better, fairer social care system – and COVID-19 has brutally exposed the failings of the current one’. Will this tip the balance towards reform?
The longer-term solution to home care's problems requires more than money
Simon Bottery says the decline and fall of Allied Healthcare has not been the disaster some feared. The iceberg straight ahead is workforce and the longer-term solution requires not just money but better, outcomes-based commissioning approaches.
Why implementation is a barrier to care funding reforms
Simon Bottery breaks down the findings of a timely new report assessing the pros and cons of the various adult social care funding reforms mooted ahead of this summer’s green paper.
The road ahead for the social care consultation
The social care green paper has been mired by delay and controversy. Simon Bottery weighs up the implications of shifting responsibility for the policy paper from the Cabinet Office to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Out of STP with social care?
Simon Bottery says the NHS is moving ahead with its muscular new approach to social care integration but serious risks remain over Sustainability and Transformation Plans