Social Care and people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
Versus Arthritis is committed to ensuring that people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions have timely access to a fair and equitable social care system.
Social care is understood as personal care and practical support for people with physical or learning disabilities, or a physical or mental illness, and support for those that care for them.
Social care services are a key form of support that can enable people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions to maintain their quality of life.
We are currently developing a number of pieces of work to understand how people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions can access social care and the impact it has on their quality of life.
We recommend that:
- The Department of Health should publish Improving choices for care: a strategic research initiative on implementation of the Care Act (2014) within 2017.
- The Department of Health and the Department of Communities and Local Government should work with their partners across social care to conduct an evaluation of the information and advice duty, and local authority duties to meet need, within the Care Act (2014).
- Local authorities should fulfil their duties set out in the Care Act (2014) to provide accurate, timely information and advice on care and support services to support people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
- The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) should contain measures to assess the quality of life outcomes of people with physical health conditions.
- Local authorities should ensure that their local planning documents, including STPs, JSNAs and JHWSs, capture the social care needs of people with arthritis, and plan for the provision of social care services for people with arthritis, stratified by level of need.