Social Care Reform: Improving Care and Support for Older People

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Social Care Reform: Improving Care and Support for Older People

Thursday, 01 November 2018,The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

In 2015/2016 there were over 1.8 million new requests to local authorities for adult social care support. Three-quarters of these applications were from adults over the age of 65. As the population continues to get older, official estimates suggest there will be around 2.2 million more over 65s in 2027 compared with 2017, the demand for elderly social care will also increase. The social care system in the UK is already under pressure. Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need. A long-term sustainable solution urgently needs to be developed and implemented.

To tackle the challenges of an ageing population, the government’s green paper aims to set out the plans to reform the care and support system and improve provision for older people. It will build on previous reports, reviews and debates and look not only at statutory services but consider wider networks of support within communities. Embracing new technology, innovation and workforce models will play key roles in delivering better quality care.

The Social Care Reform: Improving Care and Support for Older People will discuss the contents of the green paper through a series of presentations, delivered by expert speakers, a debate on funding with highly informed panellists and the sharing of examples of best practice. Delegates will gain greater clarity as to the government’s ambitions for the future of social care and have the opportunity to discuss how these plans will impact on people’s lives.

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