This impacts case study shows how our review of the whole adult care system and the increasing pressures on its financial and service sustainability aided the debate about meeting future care needs and highlighted the need for more research to identify the most effective ways of working.

It is one example of financial or non-financial benefits realised in 2014 as a result of our involvement, all of which are set out in our interactive PDF.

Impacts case study

Our 2014 report on adult social care described the increasing pressures on the care system as the need for care increases while public funding falls. It described how transforming and integrating care and health services are seen as the solution to long-term sustainability, but cautioned that evidence of what works is weak.

What are impacts?

The Department of Health acknowledged that more research is needed to identify the most effective ways of working. Our report was widely praised by representatives of the adult care sector for bringing together information and insights across the whole of the adult care system, for example drawing attention to the fact that the care system is increasingly dependent on people who provide unpaid care to their relatives and friends. Our report has been extensively referenced and has raised the profile of the debate about how adults’ care needs will be met in the future, for example, it is credited as being part of the reason that the King’s Fund set up the influential Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.



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