A new programme that aims to attract, recruit and train care leaders of the future would be strongly welcomed by professionals working in the social care sector, a new study has found.
The CareTech Charitable Foundation, which commissioned the feasibility study in partnership with Transform Society, an alliance of social change leadership programmes, said it provides a “powerful case” for the proposed new scheme, Now Care.
The programme will follow a similar approach to successful schemes from Transform Society, such as ‘Teach First’ and ‘Police Now’, which appear in The Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers list and recruit over 3,000 graduates a year.
It aims to tackle long-standing recruitment and retention issues in social care, attract high-calibre talent to the sector and develop leadership skills to instil long-term change from within.
Professor David Grayson, who was chair of the advisory group assembled to support the feasibility study, said: “This is an exciting and powerful opportunity to bring together supply and demand for talent in a new and innovative way, embracing technology, leadership training and mentored future leaders to make much needed changes to the social care system.”
Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice Patron Teach First, said: “My experience working in persuading graduates to come to Teach First when I chaired the charity and now seeing other alliance members involved in other areas of public service is that you can successfully change a generation’s view of front-facing public sector leaders in professions never previously considered by top talent in the past.”
In the light of the positive outcome of the study, the CareTech Foundation has committed three years of funding to incubate the further development of the programme and will work to secure the support required to enable Now Care to recruit its first cohort of leaders in 2022.
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation, stated: “The recruitment and retention crisis in the sector requires bold thinking to address properly. Increasing funding to support the recruitment of front-line care workers without also addressing structural issues in the sector that feed huge staff turnover is unsustainable.
“Now Care has the potential to transform leadership across the social care sector and we will now look to build a coalition of supporters to establish this exciting new scheme as soon as possible.”