planned spending on the NHS will not be cut, and adult social care will receive more funding, but many areas of funding for councils will be reduced severely and no one expects that this will not have a knock-on effect on adult social services. For some detail, see this assessment from Community Care and this from Inside Housing, about Supporting People funding.
Telecare Aware readers employed by councils or in companies dependent on council and NHS spending who are not focusing today on whether they will still have a job next year may be thinking about the threats and opportunities these radical financial changes may bring for telecare and telehealth. These apply on many levels from the strategic to the personal.
The obvious threat is that spending on telecare and telehealth will decline because they are not yet seen to be the core and cost-saving services that they ‘should’ be seen as. The corresponding opportunity is that services will wake up to the beneficial effects of such spending and invest in them more.
On another level, optimists could expect staff reductions to remove ‘laggards’ from the system leaving councils and the NHS (yes, the knock-on effect of the cuts will affect the NHS) more dynamic and pro-change. Unfortunately, experience suggests that when job reductions loom it is the more switched-on staff who jump ship first, leaving the less able to manage as best they can. So that’s a threat…but also an opportunity for companies which can offer a managed telecare or telehealth service – provided they can really deliver them, of course.
Well, there are lots of other threat/opportunity angles… perhaps readers would like to add their own views in comments. [By the way, I strongly suggest you compose your comment in some other program, such as Notepad, and paste it into the comment box as we are having some technical problems with the commenting system that I have not yet been able to resolve. You may need to post your comment again if you get an error message. Ed. Steve]