Health and Care Bill

Written evidence submitted by Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England (HCB93)


Steve McCabe MP & Sheryll Murray MP

Chairs

Health and Care Bill Committee

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

Dear Ms Murray and Mr McCabe

Health and Care Bill


As the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, Care England continues to engage with the development of the Health and Care Bill. Alongside this, we are focused upon the development of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and how the adult social care sector fits within them. In particular we have, and continue to strive, to ensure that adult social care is strongly represented on both the ICS NHS and Partnership boards throughout the length and breadth of England.

Care England has a dedicated White Paper Working Group and part of its remit is to discern which elements of the Health and Care Bill need to be bolstered. From these discussions, we have come up with the following five areas that we will seek to influence now that the Bill has started making its way through Parliament:  

· Governance Structure of ICS’: Adult Social Care providers , for profit and not for profit , to be directly represented on ICS NHS bodies & partnership boards. 

· Responsibility of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to introduce a 10-year workforce plan that addresses adult social care. 

· Framework around assessment of local authorities to be subject to consultation and created & co-produced by providers. 

· Education & reducing NHS centric perspective: Every ICS should for example have to fulfil a certain level of awareness and understanding of adult social care. No ICS should be able to commission adult social care unless those commissioners have experience of working in or operating in adult social care. 

· Social care reform plans , including the White Paper on integration in Build Back Better, must be produced by the Government before ICS’ comes into effect .

Please do let me know if members of your Committee would like me to elaborate on any of the above points which we hope will be incorporated into the Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.

Yours faithfully,

Professor Martin Green OBE

Chief Executive: Care England

 

27 September 2021

 

Prepared 19th October 2021