Skills for Care vows to tackle workforce shortages as part of three-year strategy

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Skills for Care has set its sights on increasing workforce capacity across the social care sector as part of its new three-year strategy, which launched today.

The news comes amid growing concerns for widespread staff shortages, with demand for services rising and more people leaving the industry due to low pay and burnout.

Brexit, leading to foreign workers returning home, and a poor perception of social care, have also been blamed for the shortage.

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Skills for Care has vowed to help increase workforce capacity over the next three years by supporting all types of employers to recruit the right people, with a focus on the behaviours and values that enable people to provide quality care and support.

The charity said it will also use its data and insight to support commissioners and local bodies to understand their local population and plan for their local workforce.

Finally, it will work with the government and other partners to help the public better understand social care, increase the esteem in which it is held, and ensure it is seen as a “career of choice”.

Increasing workforce capacity is one of four focusses in Skills for Care’s three-year strategy.

It also plans to support workforce capabilities to ensure staff have the right skills, knowledge, competencies, values and behaviours to meet current and future needs in their communities.

Supporting culture and diversity is another priority, as well as improving the social care system to ensure it’s well funded and supports people to live the lives that they choose.

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth (pictured) said: “This new strategy was created in recognition that the way social care is delivered in England is changing so it won’t be a static strategy but will evolve based on feedback and changes in social care. 

“Skills for Care believes that social care needs to adapt to these changes so that everyone has access to care and support that is focussed on their unique needs and aspirations, now, and in the years to come. 

“Equally, people who work in social care have to be recognised as carrying out a vital role in society. We want social care to be seen by the public as a professional and skilled career that has real value for people in our communities who draw on services, supported by our committed and skilled workforce.”

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