In the past week, I was interviewed about my new role as President for profile pieces by Health Care Manager, the magazine for the Managers in Partnership union for health and care managers, and by Inside Housing respectively. The relationship between social care and housing is vitally important, and the integration of the two is something I want to focus on during my tenure as President as I highlighted in my inaugural speech at Spring Seminar.
I know that we all want people to be able to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. There’s already a real focus on the integration between health and social care but we simply cannot provide adequate care if people do not live in accommodation that meets their changing needs. Crucially, as Directors, we need to ensure that we focus on the right type of housing that is going to meet the needs of both the current population and of course, future populations – is this happening? During a time of housing crisis and increased demand for adult social care, it would be foolish to ignore this. I’m also concerned about care workers being able to afford accommodation in the areas that they work and I will be looking to host a round table and a policy day later in the year to further explore the wider care and housing interface.
As mentioned in this week’s bulletin, I’ve contributed a blog to the DHSC’s Talk Health Care on the adult social care workforce. We need to take a positive approach to our workforce strategy in adult social care. We need to be able to provide opportunities for potential staff and provide a workplace for them that in return creates a productive, and happy workforce feeling the reward that comes with caring for people and of course remuneration remains a key issue. Do have a look at my blog and join in the conversation.
Following my trip to the wonderful Milan for the European Social Services conference a fortnight ago with Sue Wald our International Lead, this week I’m on the road again for this year’s NHS Confed up in Manchester with Cathie Williams, ADASS chief officer. This is a great opportunity for Cathie and I to catch up with our NHS colleagues and other senior leaders in adult social care, as well as meet up with our incoming Deputy Chief Officer, Phil McCarvill. Integration is again featuring heavily on this years’ agenda and yesterday I chaired a workshop on the successes of integration from colleagues in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, and of course, the lessons we can all take away from these successes. All too often, it’s easy to overlook our successes, but by looking at the success stories, we can achieve more. I was interviewed by Victoria MacDonald live in the “Conversation Zone” about the challenges facing social care. Finally, a photo call with Greater Manchester’s elected Mayor and NHS Confed CEX, Niall Dickson recognising the Health For Care Coalition which is calling for a sustainable social care system. If you’ve not signed the petition, please do so.
Finally, the birthday honours were made public early last week. There was some great news for our ADASS lead on end-of-life care, John Powell, and Devon County Council’s Jennie Stephens, who’ve both received MBE’s, while former Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, was made a Sir. Congratulations to them all!
It looks like the rain may slowly be starting to subside and temperatures rising. Let’s hope for a bit of summer this weekend.