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What is social care and how does it work?

Thursday 25 May 2017

The King’s Fund has pulled together a range of ‘bite-sized social care’ content to help explain social care in England. This includes a series of short videos on what social care is, how it’s provided and paid for, and how it works with the NHS and other services.

1. Bite-sized social care: What is social care?

What exactly do we mean when we talk about social care? In this video we look at what adult social care consists of, the responsibilities of local government in providing care, and the wider societal context.

2. Bite-sized social care: Who provides social care?

Social care is delivered by a wide range of organisations and professionals, and within families and communities. In this video we break down the numbers, and take a look at what people providing social care actually do.

3. Bite-sized social care: How is social care paid for?

Many people are surprised to learn that social care is not free at the point of use in the way that NHS care is. In this video we give an overview of how social care is funded.

4. Bite-sized social care: Social care, the NHS and other services

Adult social care is part of a complex system of services and support – including the NHS. This video explains the importance of different services working together to provide integrated care.

The King’s Fund has a number of useful resources that can help you to understand the complexities of Social Care. Visit their website for more information.

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