DescriptionOn 4 April 2022, the House of Lords launched a major inquiry and issued a Call for Evidence titled 'Lifting the veil: Removing the invisibility of adult social care'.
All six of the NIHR-funded adult social care research partnerships (including the Curiosity Partnership at the University of York, see below) contributed to the submitted response.
By working with local authorities (LAs), practitioners, providers, and experts by experience (EBE), the partnerships are ideally placed to rapidly consult with different stakeholders and respond to calls for evidence in ASC.
University of Kent (Kent Research Partnership); University of Hertfordshire (Social Care Research in Practice Teams); University of Plymouth (Peninsula Adult Social Care Research Collaborative); University of Bristol (Connecting Evidence with Decision Making); University of York (The Curiosity Partnership); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Creating Care Partnerships).
Responses were submitted to the following questions:
One of the fundamental challenges facing adult social care is that it is ‘invisible’. Do you agree? What do you think explains this?
What are the key changes that need to be made to reduce the invisibility of adult social care?
How does this invisibility reflect the experience of social care for people who draw on care and support and their carers, and does this experience vary by age range and particular circumstances?
How would you define the purpose of adult social care?
How does the invisibility of adult social care get in the way of achieving this purpose?
To what extent does the definition of the purpose of adult social care differ for younger and for older adults? How can future reform best address these differences?
[What are] The key challenges people who draw on care and support and carers will face in the future and what should be done to address them.
How can other public services (such as the NHS) play their part in tackling the invisibility of adult social care?
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