Local action will only go so far - Hampshire calls for long term national funding solution for adult social care

Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire Care Association (HCA), the representative body for the county’s independent care home sector, are calling on the Government to fast track plans for sustainable long-term funding for adult social care

Jun 26 2020

Joint release issued on behalf of Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire Care Association
A recent survey by the HCA, of which the Local Authority is a member, has shown that costs associated with dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic grew by just under 20 per cent between February and May. 
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “I am very proud of the way care homes across the county have responded with professionalism, compassion and determination to the unprecedented challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. 
“A thriving care home sector offering high quality and safe care is vital for Hampshire.  Not only do we want to be assured that the county has the capacity to support the increasing number of vulnerable local people who require care and support, but a robust independent care sector is important for the local economy too.”

“We remain absolutely committed to supporting local providers as they strive to provide the very best care possible. This is why it’s imperative that, as a country, we find a sustainable, long term funding solution for adult social care to ensure that people continue to have confidence in access to high quality, safe care, both now and in the future.”

Samir Patel, Chair of Hampshire Care Association said: “Our members have been working flat out in these extremely challenging times to maintain excellent standards of care ensuring the most vulnerable get the support they need. This highly skilled and dedicated work deserves recognition and support.”
“The County Council acted quickly to provide urgent financial support to care providers across Hampshire during the pandemic which made a real difference. Whilst the current support has been vital, it merely provides a stop-gap. Alongside our colleagues at the County Council, we remain deeply concerned about the medium and longer term future for the sector and call upon Government to urgently identify solutions to safeguard the future of social care services.” 
In addition to the support provided to date, the County Council has recently published a Care Home Support Plan for Hampshire which sets out how the Local Authority, working with NHS partners, HCA and supported by HealthWatch Hampshire, will:
  • support the independent sector to continue providing good quality, safe standards of care, seeking feedback from people who receive support and their families to further improve how things are done
  • support care providers to remain financially viable now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic
  • ensure that care providers receive the specialist clinical advice they need to look after their residents going forward, including the development and delivery of personalised health care and support plans for each care home resident
  • ensure access to timely testing and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, as well as help to maintain the highest standards of infection control, providing the whole care provider sector with free online skills training.