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The social care sector will struggle to survive the era of high inflation without innovation, writes Kieron Steele, Lifeways’ Chief Financial Officer, in an opinion piece published in Care Talk.

Although inflation seems to be universal, social care providers need fee uplifts to pay their staff to continue running services.

Of course, no-one has all the resources they’d like. But one clear way for providers to maintain high quality yet efficient services is through technological and digital innovation.

In his article, Kieron explores:

  • How funding shortfalls risk stalling the development of new fit-for-purpose accommodation
  • In the care sector, what’s too often missed is software-focused systems investment – an area with massive promise in a sector where pencil-and-paper can still sometimes be king
  • In essence, high inflation and underfunding have led the social care sector to a time for choosing
  • Now more than ever, we need the support and backing of Local Authorities, ICBs and Central Government to facilitate this change by giving the needed confidence on fair future funding.

Read the whole article on Care Talk (4 minute read).


About Lifeways:

Lifeways is the UK’s largest team of support professionals providing support for adults in the community.

We support adults with diverse and complex needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. 

As the supported living sector’s largest team of professionals, Lifeways’ extensive experience and national reach mean we deliver extraordinary support to adults, enabling them to live fulfilling and independent lives in the community. 

Our 11,000 colleagues currently support close to 4,000 individuals who live in our 1,500 supported living and residential services across England, Scotland, and Wales. 

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