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New strategies in social care

1st May 2007

In the quest to achieve social care excellence, social care minister Ivan Lewis has announced a five-point plan to put excellence at the heart of the government's vision.

The announcement follows a report by Dame Denise Platt about the state of social care in the UK.

The five-point plan focuses around a skills academy, named 'SocialCare21', aimed at developing world class leadership.

Disseminating best practice throughout the sector will also be key to the initiative.

There are also plans to produce a social care journal, providing a platform to debate issues from the sector and identify future challenges.

Mr Lewis said: "The measures I have announced signal the government's commitment to put excellence at the heart of our ambition for a twenty first century social care system.

"World class social care should be our benchmark, nothing more, nothing less."

He continued: "We want to build a new consensus for a new settlement which defines the rights and responsibilities of the state, family and individual.

"We therefore welcome this debate and will listen carefully to the views expressed by all stakeholders."