People in the social care sector who believe the findings of the Dilnot Commission have been written off should think again, according to ADASS President Peter Hay.
In a regular ADASS blog*, he reminds readers that the emerging findings and conclusions of the engagement exercise have been recently presented to Andrew Lansley and Paul Burstow - the Secretary of State and Minister for Care Services respectively, who were `clearly interested’.
“Those who claimed that the reform of adult social care was in the long grass, should start booking the mowers in for a service, just in case!”, he writes.
But success will only come if the sector, as well as the Association, takes the next step and agrees – despite all the risks entailed – to help co-produce the forthcoming Social Care White Paper alongside the Coalition Government.
“The engagement process has lived up to its name - we have had the chance to think about the nature of the commitment that we might make to a new world. We have also thought about how we manage all the tricky things that wreck relationships – and managing the demands for money is right up there! We have begun to outline what might be different if we are to make this work.
“The sector now needs to reflect on whether it can continue to commit to the co-production of reform. I certainly intend to allow ADASS space to do exactly that. It is my personal view that we should take that next step.”
Elsewhere Mr Hay stresses the fundamental nature of the changes afoot by the Dilnot proposal to cap the amount of risk individuals will be exposed to when planning for their care. “The introduction of a capped costs system is a game changer when allied with a new offer from the state to maximise wellbeing and minimise the costs to all.
“Historically, this would incentivise prevention, health promotion and the strength of the informal community offer. It builds upon some of what is already emerging as best practice,” he said.