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The NHS and Social Care: Reducing bed-blocking and financial pressures

1st March 2016
  • ResPublica

Care Minister Rt Hon. Alistair Burt MP joins Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Older People, Social Care and Carers, to debate the future of health and social care, touching upon topical issues about funding and bed-blocking.


The NHS, and hospitals in particular, are under increasing strain in terms of both funding and capacity. There has been a sharp increase in A&E targets not being met, and many hospitals are currently at almost full capacity. One of the causes of this increased pressure is the significant number of frail, elderly people unable to be discharged from hospitals to settings that are more appropriate to their needs, resulting in so-called ‘bed blocking’.

This panel event, coinciding with ResPublica’s latest report launch, will examine how to reduce pressures on the NHS by making better use of existing residential care facilities, and ask what is needed to allow residential care to step up and take on a more substantial role in a more integrated health and social care system.

ResPublica’s previous work on this important area culminated in the publication of The Care Collapse, which revealed the reliance of the health service on the beds residential care provides. Our forthcoming report builds on that groundwork, and will consider how policy-makers can enable social care providers to work with partners in the NHS and reduce pressures on the health service. It will also assess the financial provisions for social care contained in the 2015 Autumn Statement, and consider what alternative funding could be available.

We are delighted to be joined by high-profile speakers, including Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Health, as we launch this report.

To book tickets, please visit the event page, or contact events@respublica.org.uk


Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care 

Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Older People, Social Care and Carers

John Ransford, Director, HC-One

Emily Crawford, Principal Research Consultant, ResPublica

Dave West, Senior Bureau Chief, Health Service Journal


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