Market Shaping in Adult Social Care

“Councils must be prepared to think bigger, be bolder and do things differently in order to shape the market for social care.”

This paper analyses changes in the care home market in England before and after the Care Act (2014) and summarises experience from IPC’s work on market shaping.

The last five years have seen a reduction in the number of care homes operating in England: 1,400 fewer homes. The long-term trend of increasing numbers of nursing home beds and decreasing numbers of residential home beds has come to a halt. Many smaller providers are going out of business and there are fewer, but on average larger, providers, many of whom are focussing more on the self funder market. There is a risk of destabilisation in the market.

Download the paper: Market Shaping in Adult Social Care

Read the article in Community Care

Download slides used at the workshop on 2 October 2017 at the National Adult's Commissioning and Contracting Conference - Analysing the Care Home Market in England and Wales: this session will compare and contrast the care home markets for older people in England and Wales and identify key actions towards service transformation. Based on the IPC paper and and an analysis by the National Commissioning Board for Wales of all placements made by local authorities and health boards in Wales in care homes for older people.

Find out more here about IPC's work in market shaping

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