The Adult Social Care Market in England

High-quality care is critical to the well-being of some of the most vulnerable adults in society. Yet levels of unpaid care remain high, too many adults have unmet needs and forecasts predict growing demand for care. The lack of a long-term vision for care and short-term funding has hampered local authorities’ ability to innovate and plan for the long term, and constrained investment in accommodation and much-needed workforce development. In a vast and diverse social care market, the current accountability and oversight arrangements do not work.

Webinar: Supporting adult carers

On 25 March 2021, the National Institue for Health and Care Excellence delivered the webinar: Supporting adult carers. 

This webinar focuses on NICE's Supporting adult carers guideline and upcoming quality standard which aim to improve the lives of carers by helping health and social care practitioners identify people who are caring for someone and give them the right information and support.

Caring as a Social Determinant of Health (Public Health)

‘Caring as a social determinant of health: Findings from a rapid review of reviews and analysis of the GP Patient Survey’.

The report finds that carers are at increased risk of illness, and specifically musculoskeletal conditions, cardiovascular disease, generalised cognitive deterioration and function, and poor sleep. The report also finds that carers struggle to access services and are at risk of financial hardship.

Social Care leaders calling on the Government to end 25 years of inaction & fix the social care system

ADASS, together with organisations speaking for more than 10 million people who have care and support needs, or are family carers or professionals who seek to meet those needs, are uniting in a joint call on ministers to break their silence on the future of social care.
The unprecedented alliance says that the coronavirus crisis has laid bare the fragilities of the social care system in England after 25 years of failure by successive governments to put it on a sustainable footing.

Covid-19 Vaccination Carers Standard Operating Procedure (Department of Health & Social Care and partners)

Guidance for Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme: unpaid carers (JCVI priority cohort 6). 

This standard operating procedure (SOP) has been developed to support the consistent approach to the offer of COVID-19 vaccination to unpaid carers within priority cohort 6.

This includes:

Caring and Covid-19: Financial Well-Being During 'Lockdown' (Sustainable Care 2020)

This report considers the financial wellbeing of people providing unpaid care (outside their own household) in April and May 2020, during the UK’s official ‘lockdown’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also looks at their likelihood of being ‘furloughed’ and at changes in their working hours, analysing these by sex, age and employment status. An estimated 6,048,286 adults provided care to someone living outside their own household in the UK in 2020. They are a ‘subset’ of the 10,991,440 adults estimated to be carers.

Caring Behind Closed Doors (Carers UK 2020)

Carers UK (April 2020) report looking at the 'forgotten families in the coronavirus outbreak.'

'Carers UK’s survey into the experiences of over 5,000 current and former carers has found that the coronavirus crisis is having a profound impact on carers’ lives. Many of those who responded were providing very high levels of care, or juggling care in complex lives. They are those most in need. Not only are many providing more care than before,they are suffering financially and are worried about the future.'