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Personalisation: lessons from social care

The twin challenges of quality and funding loom large over the adult social care sector. Age UK has argued that the future sustainability of long term care will require a rise in public spending from 0.5% to 0.9% of GDP: an extra £2–3 billion a year from 2015.* Andrew Dilnot, chair of a recent commission into the future funding of social care, called the system ‘confusing, unfair and unsustainable’. Health Select Committee chair, Stephen Dorrell, has lamented damaging fragmentation between health and care settings. And as our society ages and our care needs get more complex, the quality of support in a diverse and sometimes struggling market is under increasing scrutiny.