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City Academic Invited onto the Quality and Workforce Reference Group for the Engagement Exercise on Future of Social Care

by Hollie Jenkins

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Julienne Meyer, Professor of Nursing: Care of Older People at City University London, has been appointed by Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, to a high-profile reference group focused on 'quality and workforce'.

The appointment follows Professor Meyer's ongoing work as Director of the My Home Life Programme, which promotes quality of life in care homes for older people across the UK.

The Government launched its Caring for our future: shared ambitions for care and support initiative in September this year. The aim of the project is to engage with people who use care and support services, carers, local councils, care providers and the voluntary sector about the priorities for improving care and support.

Others appointed to the reference group include a number of high profile industry representatives, including:

  • Imelda Redmond, CE of Carers UK
  • Glen Mason (Director of Social Care leadership and performance)
  • Luisa Stewart (Deputy Director - Dignity and Safety)
  • Martin Green Chief Executuve, English Community Care Association
  • Sharon Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care
  • Mark Goldring, Chief Executive Mencap
  • Cynthia Bowers, Care Quality Commission.

This work will directly feed into a Government White Paper on social care reform, which is due to be published in Spring 2012.

Professor Meyer said:

"As a registered nurse, it is great to be able to contribute to a vision for social care. Current policy rightly focuses on people being cared for in their own homes for as long as possible. However, this means that older people are now going into care homes far later and present as being sicker and more frail. Never before, has there been such a need to integrate health and social care and to better prepare the workforce.

"I'm hoping this engagement exercise will form a strong dialogue between key stakeholders about how quality of care can be improved that will ultimately result in better managed care for older people."

Further details are available at: www.caringforourfuture.dh.gov.uk

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