Care England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care in England, in partnership with Hft, a national charity providing services for adults with learning disabilities, will be launching their first annual landmark publication, Sector Pulse Check, at this year’s Care England conference and exhibition on 16 March 2023.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“We are thrilled to have co-produced the 2022 Sector Pulse Check, which offers an original insight into the key issues afflicting the sector as well as providing tangible recommendations which would make a real difference to the sector as a whole. The report reflects a national survey completed by a representative group of care providers focusing on themes including the financial health of the sector, the workforce, and the cost-of-living crisis. It provides a blueprint for navigating these issues, many of which are deep-rooted and have been exacerbated by the turbulent socio-economic landscape. Importantly, the findings and narratives featured in the Sector Pulse Check come directly from adult social care providers, analysing the most pertinent issues facing the sector as described by those who live it on a daily basis and understand it best. The evidence is clear: a definitive solution is needed to ensure the future sustainability and growth of not only the adult social care sector itself but England as a whole. We will be discussing the findings at this year’s conference and do hope you can join us.”

Since 2016, Hft’s Sector Pulse Check report has provided an annual snapshot of the financial health of the learning disability sector, as well as exploring other relevant issues and challenges.

Amid the severe, unprecedented circumstances facing our sector, this year Care England has partnered with Hft to deliver the 2022 report and expand its scope to include Older Persons’ care for the first time.

Care England and Hft’s partnership has enabled the Sector Pulse Check 2022 to represent a comprehensive overview of the entire adult social care sector, analysing its financial health, workforce, and challenges associated with the cost of living.

Kirsty Matthews, CEO of Hft says:

“We are delighted that Care England is partnering with us to deliver the sixth annual Sector Pulse Check report. With an expanded pool of respondents, the research will deliver a representative view of the financial health and workforce challenges across the adult social care sector. 

“We are incredibly grateful to those who took the time to participate in the survey and share their experiences. This information provides invaluable evidence of the long-standing challenges adult social care faces and will support a collective call for a financially sustainable future where our sector can fulfil our responsibility to provide support to all those who need it. Only once we overcome the challenges we face will we be able to truly reap the opportunities presented to those supported by adult social care, those working in it, and the intrinsically linked NHS.

“Some of our key findings will be presented at this year’s Care England Conference and we’re looking forward to discussing these with colleagues across the sector.”

Thriving not just Surviving’ has been chosen as the theme of the next Care England Conference & Exhibition at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster London SW1P 3NZ on Thursday 16 March 2023. For booking information, please click here.