What are the opportunities and threats for further savings in adult social care?
A paper from IPC Visiting Professor John Bolton considers how councils in England have delivered savings over the past five years in adult social care and what options - if any - they might have in a period of continuing financial challenges.
This paper offers a personal view based on work commissioned by the Department of Health with six councils during the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review in Government, the Local Government Association’s Adult Social Care Efficiency Programme and the author’s direct work with a number of councils assisting them in finding savings over the last five years.
The report argues that there may still be scope among local authorities to introduce or refine the provision of care, seeking to avoid formal care where that is safe and helping people in other ways. All such opportunities can be best achieved if the NHS adopts similar approaches and works in partnership with adult social care to deliver improved outcomes.