We commissioned four reports to make up our Squashed Frog series:

Survive or Thrive: securing financial sustainability in social care – the provider perspective

The paper has been prepared for NCF by David Walden CBE and summarises a recent roundtable discussion. It launches a programme of activity in which the issue of sustainability in social care (and health care) services becomes a primary focus for discussion with our members and others.

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Committed to Quality in adult social care & support

As the leading voice for not-for-profit care providers in the UK, the NCF aims first and foremost to promote quality care for people receiving not-for-profit care and support services. It works with its members, the wider social care sector, government and other national bodies to develop constructive solutions that can improve social care provision and enhance the quality of life, choice, control and well-being of people who use services.

NCF reflects the diversity of the care sector. The wide range of services provided by our member organisations to adults of all ages include: home care, day care, housing, extra-care, outreach, intermediate care, residential and nursing care and specialist provision. NCF is recognised as a national authority and contributor to social care policy development.

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Influencing social care  commissioning & procurement: Resource guide for NCF members

This is the third in a series of short papers published by the National Care Forum (NCF) that focus on sustainability in social care (and health care) services, a major area of concern for NCF members and other care service providers.

As with previous publications the background to this paper is the Government’s unchanging programme of deficit reduction and significant cuts to some departmental budgets, which means that services are now set for a decade long funding squeeze.

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Quality Collaboration Resilience: Creating the conditions for a sustainable future for social care

This paper continues the discussion started in ‘Survive or Thrive? Securing financial sustainability in social care – the provider perspective,’ and presents some alternative perspectives on the challenges facing care service providers.

The source for these ideas are the new duties on councils under the Care Act and the government’s aspiration that local authorities should facilitate sustainable local care markets.

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