Ongoing challenges for adult social care highlighted
Date: 02 May 2018
With the government’s green paper on social care due to be published this summer, the vulnerability of adult social care is being brought into focus by a number of leading figures in the sector, with housing capacity and investment in training and recruitment at the forefront of discussion.
Julian Evans, head of healthcare – hotels and leisure at Knight Frank, highlighted the potential worsening of the UK’s bed capacity crisis last week at LaingBuisson’s Healthcare Real Estate Conference in London, citing market segmentation as a primary cause for concern.
Speakers at the event also stressed an ever increasing imbalance between supply and demand for beds, further accentuated by austerity measures, funding gaps in social care, the national wage, and the UK’s ageing demographic.
As part of the government’s inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care, MP’s have also recently been warned about the need for increased investment in good quality training for social care workers.
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