The NHS social care interface dashboard has been developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Communities and Local Government with the involvement of stakeholders and, among other things, provides a breakdown of the delays attributable to social care and the equivalent for NHS related delays. The dashboard will be reviewed in the autumn and it is anticipated that the metrics will be improved over time.
Alongside the dashboard, the Government has also published their expectations for both councils and NHS Trusts. It is intended that this will enable an area to compare themselves to other similar areas, “have conversations about good practice” and provide “greater transparency in those local areas that are not performing well to enable improvement support to be targeted”.
Update 7th July
Local Government Association and Directors of Adult Social Care respond to the new Government rules around spending of social care money
Following the Government's publication earlier this week of the Better Care Fund Planning requirements setting out how social care and NHS funding to support integration is spent, the Local Government Association has withdrawn its support for the guidance.
In a statement on the LGA website, the Chair of the LGA's Community and Wellbeing Board Izzi Seccombe said -
“The sudden shift in focus, so late in the process to prioritise delayed transfers of care, and the threat of a review of funding allocations if associated targets are not met, is completely unacceptable to local government."
The President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), Margaret Willcox also expressed concern saying that -
“ADASS is very disappointed by the last minute unilateral changes to guidance that have taken place in the last few days. The consequence is to undermine the collective effort required.”
The full statements can be accessed via these links:
LGA - Councils respond to Government Rules around spending of social care money -
ADASS - ADASS responds to new Government Rules on spending of social care funding - https://www.adass.org.uk/