19th September 2016
Professor Ian Rees Jones collaborates on new Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) report.
The joint report launched on 12 September 2016 at the Fairer Futures: Reshaping Care for Older People symposium, argues that, with a social innovation approach, local authorities could provide better home care which benefited carers and cared.
Published to coincide with the symposium, a collaboration between Alliance Manchester Business School’s Health Services Research Centre, WISERD, the Fairness at Work Research Centre and the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research into Ageing, the report argues that having good intentions alone in adult care is not enough.
The findings reveal that the central state and expert community have promoted the worthy aims of personalisation of care and outcomes-based commissioning. However, the report argues that (partly as a result of austerity cuts) adult social care is a sector now facing multiple crises: there is a financial crisis in terms of service cuts, a care quality crisis, a workforce recruitment and retention crisis and a provider crisis resulting from squeezed margins.
Report co-author Karel Williams, Professor of Accounting and Political Economy at Alliance Manchester Business School says: “There is a painful gap between the policy makers’ rhetorical promise of choice, control and independence afforded by home care and the lived experience of the majority of the 600,000 old people who receive home care. This may keep people in their own homes and living independently but it is not delivering consistently high quality care.”
The report argues:
For the proposed recommendations and full research findings, download the report here.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.