Driving stability and innovation in the adult social care market

INTRODUCTION


Ever since the Care Act took effect, councils have been grappling with their new duty to foster sustainable local markets for adult care services. The duty arrived at a challenging time. Local authority finances are under unprecedented pressure, demand for services is rising and the risks of market failure have been made clear by the high-profile collapse of several care providers.In February, with concerns about adult care provision continuing to make headlines, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) brought together a group of adult social care leaders for an EY-sponsored roundtable debate about the issue of sustainability.Sustainability of the social care market is a topic that comes up over and over again in the ADASS commissioning network’s discussions. Particularly significant issues include the financial constraints, the quality challenges and the expectations of what people want from social care and whether that can be delivered.