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Iron out variations in social care, says CSP

The CSP has welcomed the principles of prevention, early intervention, and rehabilitation contained in proposals to overhaul the social care system in England and Wales.

In its official response to the draft Care and Support Bill, published this summer, the CSP said ‘significant and sustained resource reallocation’ was needed to ensure that prevention and early intervention services were in place to stop people needing hospital admission.

The society said that strong intermediate care teams, including physiotherapy, should become ‘the norm’, and that ‘geographic variation in service provision needs to be managed out of the system’.

Proposals in the Bill include a duty for local authorities to promote ‘individual well-being’, and to maintain a service for providing people with information and advice.

The CSP said allied health professionals should be involved in decisions on planning or commissioning integrated health and social care pathways.

The CSP also warned that any proposals to extend the use of personal care budgets must be subject to a full independent review of the current pilots.

‘This must include a review of the impact of the pilots on healthcare staff, both in terms of employment issues and workforce planning,’ the CSP said in its submission.

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