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ABOUT US

The Campaign for Real Care was born in Barnet North London, through the work of Barnet Forum for Independent Living, a group of residents whose lives have been affected by social care. It has since expanded to involve others from across the UK.

 

Our Beliefs

  1. Just as the NHS is driven by a vision of all having the best health medical provision of the day makes possible, so social care should be driven by a vision of all in need of care and support experiencing the best quality of life possible for them.

  2. It is a political responsibility to firstly articulate the vision and then to fund meeting it to the best extent the nation’s finances make possible. It is a professional responsibility to firstly secure the greatest realisation of the vision for the greatest number of people in need within available resources, and then to inform the political system of the funding required for all to realise the vision.

  3. The Care Act 2014’s nine areas of wellbeing amount to a sound articulation of the vision for quality of life. Further, if a person is experiencing wellbeing as defined by the Act, they will also be experiencing independent living as defined by the United Nations. The key concept is being able to make ‘choices equal to others’, whether life changing choice such as one’s contribution to society or day to day choices such as when to go to bed and what to eat.

  4. Individuals and professionals must work in partnership to identify all the needs the individual has to realise the vision for them and the best use of resources to do so. This is not possible if the professional has to shape ‘need’ to the available resource in the way required by the eligibility process. Eligibility of need must be replaced by the use of availability of resource to ensure spend is to budget.

  5. In addition to the definition of wellbeing, the Care Act 2014 has all the provisions required to support delivery. The Care Act 2014 is not being delivered currently. However, this is not due to lack of resources as claimed by the sector. It is the result of dysfunctional national and local policy choices.

Our Campaign

There are two arms to our campaign.

1. The Real Care Toolkit, freely available to all, to empower people to hold their Council to account. This includes;

 

  • developing their own self-assessment to Care Act requirements 

  • asserting their self-assessment with the social worker 

  • challenging the council if the person believes the council’s offer falls short of Care Act 2014 requirements

 

2. The political campaign and our Charter for the Right to Wellbeing:

 

  • We will seek every opportunity to inform and persuade of the need for systemic change according to our beliefs (listed above)

  • We will share our evidence of existing malpractice widely. This takes the form of a dossier and a growing number of case-studies.

  • We will campaign alongside others for a national service akin to the NHS. We believe our Charter offers the mechanism for it's creation.

 

We know change locally will only happen with change nationally. We will therefore seek every opportunity to share our local experiences in order to engage in national debates. 

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