Watch again: How do we ‘unstick’ social care reform across the four UK countries?


Start date: 07/06/2023 | 12:30

End date: 07/06/2023 | 14:00

Virtual event

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Two decades on from the devolution of social care policy, differences between the UK’s four social care systems exist, but the fundamentals are largely the same: social care, as it currently stands, is not delivering care that is of consistent quality and which enables people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. All four countries of the UK are grappling with how to meet the growing need for care within the context of stretched budgets and a shrinking workforce.

With funding squeezes and political instability now jeopardising reform plans across the UK, this online webinar will brought together the Nuffield Trust, University of Birmingham and colleagues from across the four nations to discuss shared challenges in implementing social care reform in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. How can we ‘unstick’ reform? And what lessons can the countries learn from each other?

Camille Oung and Emma Dodsworth from the Nuffield Trust built on Adult social care across the four countries to provide an overview of social care in the four nations, and discussed some of the reasons why social care reform remains stagnant.

Catherine Needham from Centre for Care and University of Birmingham and Patrick Hall from the University of Birmingham referred to their new book Social Care in the UK’s Four Nations: Between Two Paradigms and took a closer look at the theoretical underpinnings of social care policy, specifically raising questions about the role of ‘standardisation’ and ‘differentiation’ in future reform of the social care sector. Addressing the important question of why each nation’s social care system, when given equal capacity to make changes, are taking different forms.

View the webinar below. 

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