The Government’s announcement of new proposals to address the funding crisis in social care has been dominating headlines in recent weeks.

Clearly, care is one of the most complicated policy challenges in living memory.

In these uncertain times, regardless of how care is funded, it is more vital than ever that commissioners gain a fundamental understanding of what they are paying for and also feel assured that costs incurred are appropriate to deliver the care packages that vulnerable people need.

Keeping it local, counting the cost

Here at C.Co, in all our years of experience in delivering numerous Cost of Care exercises, we have never observed a clear correlation between the amount spent on care and the quality of the provision. Local payment approaches must always be in the best interest of patients and service users. That’s why we know it is of paramount importance to engage with both commissioners and providers to gain a deep understanding both of the care requirement and the cost of its provision at a local level.

We firmly believe that locally informed cost and quality modelling, based on actual costs incurred by providers is the most reliable and relevant approach for Councils and Commissioners; keeping it local removes some of the challenges posed by national models.

How can C.Co help you count the cost of care?

Our cost of care assessment has a six-step approach, underpinned by collaboration and evidence-based decisions. These include workshop delivery, data collation and in-depth analysis and modelling to enable us to determine a fair cost of social care that works for both commissioners and providers.

We will work with you to understand the cost of care, help set sustainable care fees and provide evidence-based options for future commissioning models. We will always leave you with solutions and insights that you can put into practice.

To find out more about counting the cost of care, download our Cost of Care brochure and contact our team to discover how we can help you.