The learning disability charity Hft and Care England, the representative body for independent providers of adult social care, are calling on adult social care providers to take part in a survey which will be used to inform the Sector Pulse Check 2023 report.
The Sector Pulse Check report provides an annual snapshot of the state of the adult social care sector.
In previous years, it has focused exclusively on learning disability services, but now, Hft and Care England collect data from the entire social care system, providing a comprehensive overview of the sector.
Last year, the report revealed important information, such as:
one third of providers had considered exiting the market due to cost pressures;
82% of providers said they were either in deficit or had experienced a decrease in their surplus over the past year;
42% of care providers had to close down part of their organisation or hand back contracts to local authorities.
Report expected in early 2024
The next report will be published in January 2024 and is expected to be valuable evidence base to support conversations about the future of the adult social care sector.
This will support people with learning disabilities, older people, and others who rely on adult social care to live the best life possible.
Kirsty Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Hft, said the data collected will bring “commissioners, the public, parliamentarians and the government closer to the reality faced by adult social care providers, and evidence vital recommendations for change.”
“The annual survey of providers allows us to track, over time, how the legislative and economic landscape has impacted upon the sector,” she said. “With financial and workforce challenges persisting, the survey will again ask providers to speak to these themes.”
Ms Matthews is now urging providers to take part in the survey and join the charity in calling for the change the adult social care sector “desperately needs”.
A unique opportunity for care providers to have their voice heard
Care England is similarly urging providers to take part in the survey, and says it provides a “unique opportunity for the voices and priorities of care providers to be heard among key decision makers.”
“Despite repeated calls to put adult social care on a sustainable footing, the sector continues to face a wide array of challenges. As the General Election looms ever closer, the importance of illustrating these through meaningful and reliable data cannot be overstated. Sector Pulse Check is our opportunity to evidence the necessity for meaningful change and I urge care providers to have their say by taking part in the survey,” said Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive at Care England.
The Sector Pulse Check 2023 survey for adult social care providers can be found here. For more information about Sector Pulse Check and last year’s report, visit Hft or Care England’s website.