13 Nov 2023
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

A reminder the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published a report on the important themes identified by local authorities (LA) when developing strategic approaches to market sustainability. 

This report brings together the shared challenges and helpful solutions that local authorities shared with DHSC in the Market Sustainability Plans (MSPs) they submitted and then published on their gov.uk webpages as part of the Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund in 2022.

This is intended to be a helpful tool in facilitating the sharing of best practice between local authorities and recognises some of the challenges the sector are currently facing.

The Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund (MSFCCF) provided £162 million for local authorities to pay sustainable fee rates for care, on the condition that each LA participated in the cost of care exercise and submitted their market sustainability plans (MSP). The results of which can be found here.

DHSC conducted a review of the MSPs, which showed that LAs have raised issues about securing enough domiciliary care staff to meet the growing rise in demand. With 61% of LAs expressed concerns with the ability of their domiciliary care markets to deliver enough care and support.

The report also details the changing needs for the care home markets and the shared challenges across the adult social care sector.

Read the report in full here.

Letter from Helen Whately MP to local authorities and representative organisations, including the Homecare Association, accompanying the report

The Homecare Association commented on the report, when it was in draft, to help make it a useful document for homecare providers.

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