ICS engagement with Adult Social Care
Today we have published a report with Care England and the Good Governance Institute (GGI) designed to explore whether the adult social care (ASC) sector is being appropriately engaged in the ongoing development of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).
In the report we call on ICS leaders to:
- Note that the social care partner member on the Integrated Care Board (ICB) will not necessarily be able to effectively represent providers, and therefore, ICSs should work with providers to develop more effective engagement mechanisms
- Develop a plan about how to engage with ASC providers and involve them in the process
- Have a provider forum or liaise with local care associations which nominates a representative to the ICS Partnership Board
- Ensure that ASC providers have a role in the new local place arrangements, the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and/or the ICB. Perhaps through the creation of paid
position that is tasked with furthering the ASC agenda and educating others around them on the issues facing the sector
We also call on the Department of Health and Social Care publish a specific framework for ICS engagement with the ASC sector.
Dr Jane Townson, Chief Executive of the Homecare Association, said:
Homecare services play a vital role, alongside housing, health and other community-based services, in enabling us all to live well at home and flourish in our communities. People receiving services need to experience seamless support from professionals and volunteers. It is therefore paramount to create a culture of collaboration between partners, focused on meeting the needs of people living at home. We thus strongly encourage Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to engage effectively with homecare providers and develop the huge potential that joined up care systems offer. Investing in multi-disciplinary support for people to maintain their health and well-being at home helps to enhance healthy life expectancy, which benefits individuals and their families, reduces pressure on the NHS and reduces costs in health and care systems.