9 October, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Minister, Social Care

Putting prevention at the heart of adult social care

Reform is delighted to be hosting a private roundtable event at the Labour Party Conference.

Building a high-quality, fairly funded adult social care system must be a priority for an incoming government. Our current system is under unsustainable pressure: demand for social care is rising rapidly due and our care workforce is straining to keep up, with staff vacancies in the sector the highest since records began.

Evidently, urgent reform is needed to ensure that those who need care are able to access it. However, rather than simply attempting to meet demand, a future vision for social care must involve reducing and delaying the need for care and support in the long-term.  This will require moving away from a crisis management model and towards an approach which prioritises prevention and early intervention.

Though reform on this scale will require long-term strategy and investment, there are enormous opportunities to shift our approach in the short term. From using data to proactively identify care needs, harnessing technology to monitor and help service users self-manage their conditions, and investing in adapted housing to allow people to live independently for longer, exciting new approaches are already coming to the fore.

Reform is delighted to hold this roundtable, led by Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Minister, Social Care, to discuss how to embed these changes across the system, and thereby put prevention at the heart of adult social care.

This roundtable will be held under the Chatham House rule.

If you would like to attend, please email events@reform.uk