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UKHCA Media Release

'CQC "Beyond Barriers" report' - 03/07/2018

Responding to CQC’s report, “Breaking the Barriers”, today (3 July 2018), Bridget Warr CBE, UKHCA’s Chief Executive, said:

“It is well recognised that older people’s care needs can be met most effectively when the health and social care system works together, yet progress towards that, with few notable exceptions, has been worryingly slow.

NHS and council budget-holders must realise that genuine joint working and pooling resources will be more effective, particularly when independent and voluntary sector social care providers are recognised as equal partners.

“We welcome CQC’s recommendations on planning, long-term funding and workforce reform, which echo calls made by UKHCA and other social care leaders.

“It is also encouraging to hear the regulator calling for legislation which will allow CQC to oversee how well councils and the NHS in England work together. Such oversight also needs to assess the impact of commissioning practice on the financial viability of local care markets, to ensure that services are able to function in a way which can meet older and disabled people’s needs in the future.”


Notes for editors

1. CQC’s report (“Beyond Barriers”) follows the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England.

2. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,000 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

3. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

4. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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