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Social care expert advisory group appointed

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has appointed four social care experts to advise on its adult social care commission.

The appointments follow a public expression of interest process, which called for social care experts from the sector, academia and the third sector.

The appointees are:

  • Dr Franca van Hooren
  • Dr Rhidian Hughes
  • Professor Jill Manthorpe
  • Vic Rayner, OBE

The chair of the MAC, Professor Brian Bell, said: ‘I am delighted that such an esteemed group of experts has agreed to advise the MAC on the social care commission. Their insight and experience will be vital in our work.’

The experts have been appointed in an individual capacity to provide support across the MAC’s work on the social care commission, until the findings are reported in April 2022.

Their work will include:

  • peer reviewing analysis plans
  • advising on terminology and approaches to primary research
  • supporting the development of recommendations
  • reviewing the MAC’s final report

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This comes after the MAC confirmed that it will advise on the impacts of ending freedom of movement on adult social care. 

It will conduct a programme of engagement across the nations of the UK, with governments, employers, social care workers and other interested parties.

It will also undertake primary research with providers of, and workers in, adult social care to understand their experiences and the impact of ending freedom of movement on them.

Professor Bell said: ‘This is a major piece of work on a complex and important issue.

‘We have seen, during the pandemic, how vital social care is to the health and wellbeing of the UK population.

‘The ending of freedom of movement, following the UK’s exit from the EU, has often been cited as being likely to have a negative impact on social care. You have asked us to consider the size and shape of this impact and potential mitigations if required.

‘We will need to work closely with DHSC to ensure we are aware of, and understand potential impacts of, any other changes to social care that are planned during the period before we report at the end of April 2022.’

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