Commission to consider role of housing in care and support

Paul Burstow, SCIE chair

A commission has been set up with the aim of influencing government thinking on its long-term plan for social care.

It will review progress of the 2014 Commission on Residential Care’s recommendations, take into account Covid-19, and consider services such as care homes and housing with care.

The Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support will explore the financial impact of Covid-19 on the care home market; co-produce evidence-based, long-term vision for the role of housing in the future of care and support; recommend policy changes to inform the government’s thinking; and develop proposals to support the implementation of its vision.

Funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust, it will be led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). It will be co-chaired by Paul Burstow, SCIE chair, David Pearson, former chair of the social care sector Covid-19 support taskforce, and Prof Julienne Meyer, professor emeritus of nursing: care for older people at City, University of London.

The commission will report at the end of the autumn and again in spring when it will provide more detailed proposals.

Paul Burstow, SCIE chair, said: ‘A test of any country is the degree to which it supports and enables those who need care and support to stay safe and to lead the best lives they can. Excellent housing with care – including care homes, supported living, extra care and the many other models – is at the heart of supporting people to live the best lives they can. I am excited to be asked to co-chair this important commission. I hope that the work we do can inform future policy and practice for years to come.’

Other commissioners include Anchor Hanover chief executive Jane Ashcroft, Care England chief executive Prof Martin Green, Mencap chief executive Edel Harris, past president of Association of Directors Adult Social Services Julie Ogley, Housing LIN chief executive Jeremy Porteus, National Care Forum executive director Vic Rayner, United Kingdom Homecare Association chief executive Jane Townson, and Association of Retirement Community Operators executive director Michael Voges.