Putting the choice back into social care

In difficult times we have focused less on choice and control, but this needs to drive social care reforms again, says Ewan King.

For more than a decade, social care reform has been driven by the idea that we need to give people more choice and control over their own care – this is sometimes also called personalisation.

In its recent White Paper, People at the Heart of Care, the Government said: ‘Genuine choice and control about personalised care and support can enhance quality of life and promote independence in a way that matters to individuals.'

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