Coffin Mew launches whitepaper on social care

Posted on: October 1st, 2019

Care home managers and operators must take central role to solve the crisis

A new whitepaper from Coffin Mew on the state of the social care crisis in the UK calls for urgent action to avoid catastrophe.

The report, called Navigating legal challenges in the social care sector, finds that a destructive mix of new care home regulation, chronic under-funding and a lack of public understanding is presenting legal dilemmas for owners and managers. But the law firm report argues that care home managers and operators must take a central role in finding solutions and solving the crisis.

The paper from Coffin Mew’s Care & Protection sector team investigates the underlying problems at the heart of the social care crisis and the steps needed to solve it, unlocking the top 10 specific legal issues being faced by the sector today in terms of the way it is regulated and funded.

Dominic Travers, partner in the Care & Protection sector, said: “New care home regulation, chronic under-funding and a lack of public understanding is presenting legal dilemmas for owners and managers.

“These legal challenges can be as complicated as the social ones; but solving the conundrums which have dogged the social care industry for decades must to rise to the top of the political agenda as quickly as possible; otherwise we’re heading for a shipwreck.

“At the heart of the problem is the challenge that funding is being stripped out of local authorities and other sources of care provision, but at the same time the public want a ‘cradle to grave’ service where the state will look after people until the end.

“Our new whitepaper argues that despite being tested by an ever-changing political environment and ever-greater scrutiny, care home owners and operators must be at the heart of the solution if we are to solve the crisis.”

The report also features leading voices from the industry including a care home trust chief executive, an owner operator and sector specialist financial advisor.

To see a copy of the full report please click here.