Since the development of the National Care Home Contract in 2006, we have witnessed standardised contracts and more transparent and consistent approaches to funding care. This has largely overcome the variation and complexity in the contractual relationship between the individual, provider and local authority. Considerable progress has been made in procuring care in care homes and improving outcomes for service users.
However, the current mix of services within the care home market is not producing optimum outcomes when viewed from a whole system and care user's perspective.
This report examines at a strategic level the key purpose and desired structure of residential care services fit for the aspirations and needs of future generations.