Funding for innovation projects in adult social care

£42.6m of funding is to be spent on innovation projects in adult social care.

The Accelerating Reform Fund (ARF) to support innovation in local areas to boost quality and accessibility of adult social care in England.

The Accelerating Reform Fund is part of the Department’s Innovation and Improvement Unit and will focus on trialling and expanding new approaches to providing care and improving services for unpaid carers.

It is intended to fund projects which support the government's 10-year vision for adult social care, which focuses on three objectives: that people have choice, control and support to live independent lives; people can receive outstanding quality and tailored care and support; and that people find adult social care fair and accessible.

Local authorities are being invited to register their interest in partnership with others in their integrated care systems to fund local innovation projects, which will be evaluated for potential rollout across the country.

Minister for care, Helen Whately, said: "I’m delighted to see the sector developing creative ways to move towards our ten-year vision for adult social care, and this funding is intended to help accelerate and grow these innovative approaches more widely.

"Our selfless unpaid carers are often the unsung heroes of the care sector – which is why I’ve asked that they are at the heart of this funding, aimed at supporting locally-tailored projects that boost the quality, accessibility and independence of care."

Kirsty McHugh, Carers Trust’s CEO, said: "Carers Trust welcomes the focus in the Accelerating Reform Fund on the essential role that unpaid family carers play in our health and social care system. We know from our network of local carer organisations that innovation is already underway across the country.

"We’re therefore looking forward to some fruitful collaborations between local authorities, local carer organisations and unpaid family carers themselves in the development and scaling of support which provide unpaid family carers with the help they desperately need."

 

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