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Doing care differently

Social care was given an unprecedented high profile in the 2017 General Election campaign. Independent Age wanted to move the debate on from just plugging the gaps in the system and fixing the current ‘crisis’, to setting an ambitious new vision for funding and delivering care to make it truly fit for now and the future. Independent Age set out to stimulate rich discussion from across the care sector and with policymakers and parliamentarians by hosting a series of blogs from external contributors on the theme of doing care differently.

We invited contributions from a wide range of sources, both from within and outside the care sector. We challenged contributors to make the debate as wide-ranging as possible, covering topics that look to the long term, and examining what all of us in England need to do to prepare for and deliver care differently, in a time of huge demographic shift.

We were delighted with the responses we received, and our Doing Care Differently series enjoyed a high level of readership as well as considerable discussion and debate on social media. This report examines six themes dominating discussions on social care right now – demand; funding and responsibility; quality; integrated care; technology; and sustainability.

Together with Independent Age’s own thought leadership in these areas, our report weaves in ideas, suggestions and questions raised and examined by our blog contributors.

Independent Age hosted roundtable events at both Labour and Conservative party conferences in autumn 2017, with discussion topics based on strong themes and questions raised by our bloggers. This enabled further rich debate and exploration of the long-term options and reforms needed to ensure that the social care system can sustainably deliver high-quality care to all older people who need it.