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Adult Social Care

Individuals want to live rich and fulfilling lives, participating in their local community and contributing to its vibrancy. Families want this for their loved ones too.

They, and society at large, also want to ensure that those who need care and support – whether a young learning-disabled person or a 90 year-old with dementia – are supported in ways which enable them to feel safe, happy and where possible to take part in the life of their community. 

Those who work in or receive adult social care services recognise this. This is the core social purpose of care and support – not to control people’s lives for them but to work with them as equal partners to help them achieve what they want from life.

The vision and aims of the Government’s White Paper, Caring for our future (2012) include:

  • Choice and control

  • Working in partnership

  • Personalised care

  • Keeping people healthy and involved with their communities

Social care (‘care’) comprises personal care and practical support for adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, or physical or mental illnesses, as well as support for their carers. 

Adults’ care needs are often multiple and interrelated with other needs. Adult social care is therefore part of a complex system of related public services and forms of support.

How well services meet adults’ needs depends on all parts of the system working together. For example, good medical management of long-term conditions can prevent a person developing care needs, and welfare benefits can maintain independent living

This JSNA page will host a range of Adult Social Care information, wherever possible local, regional and national. This will encompass relevant data, information, intelligence and insight that informs local communities and service commissioners alike. The page will continue to be updated. 

Key Documents

Wirral Market Position Statement: Overview of needs (2016)

Key Messages for Adult Social Care in Wirral
This report provides an overview of local current and future population estimates aligned to key issues relating to the social care client group - in service and potential future service users.

Adult social care market shaping (March 2017)
This Department of Health guidance is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector. 

Estimates from the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) modelling study (October 2018) 
This study models the growing need for social care in older people using PACSim, a dynamic microsimulation model. It finds that, in the next 20 years, the English population aged 65 years or over will see increases in the number of individuals who are independent but also in those with complex care needs. This increase is due to more individuals reaching 85 years or older who have higher levels of dependency, dementia, and comorbidity.

Creating the five year forward view for social care: How transformed and integrated health and care could improve outcomes and cost-effectiveness (March 2017)
The Five Year Forward View sets out a case for upfront investment in the NHS to transform it into a service which reaches people in their homes and communities with early, effective interventions and builds partnerships with people with long term health conditions and their families. It is widely accepted that this will only succeed where social care makes the same transformation.


Evidence, intelligence and insight 

Tools and other evidence

Key information sources for you to consider: