A sustainable social care system in England? Learning from other countries
This session, pre-recorded and released by the conference organisers on Monday 29 June, was organised and chaired by Natasha Curry, Deputy Director of Policy at The Nuffield Trust. It included three presentations:
Laura Schlepper (Nuffield Trust) spoke about Reforming social care funding: What can England learn from Germany;
Nina Hemmings (Nuffield Trust) discussed Developing a sustainable care workforce: challenges and learning from abroad;
Sue Yeandle (University of Sheffield) made a presentation on ‘What role should carers play in a new system’. Sue discussed the contribution unpaid carers make and gave an overview of their circumstances and characteristics. She proposed a framework of policy options needed to support carers, and offered insights from her research on how the support carers get in the UK compares with that offered in other countries.
Contributors to the panel discussion that followed were Patrick Hall (University of Birmingham) and Camille Oung (Nuffield Trust).
Patrick, who also took part in a separate session on: A Crisis in Adult Social Care? Learning from Across the UK, comments:
“I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to a plenary session at this year’s HSRUK conference, originally planned to take place in Manchester, but eventually delivered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As usual, I wanted to fly the flag for social care research and the work of the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme; recent events have made this task even more urgent. While social care is often perceived to be in ‘crisis’, the huge number of COVID-19 related deaths in care homes and in the community have really focused the nation’s attention on the striking differences between our related systems of health and social care.
In the panel, I discuss how our system has come to be viewed as in crisis, outlining some of the mechanisms driving this perception, and discussing the divergence between the UK’s four systems, in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I’m joined by David Bell from the University of Stirling, who has done some fantastic early analysis of excess deaths in Scotland, and by Reena Devi from the University of Leeds who presents her work in care home quality improvement.
See you – remotely – in there!”