A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report explains why the Department of Health and Social Care needs to work harder to support the social care workforce. The number of people working in care does not match the growing demands for care.
“The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. The number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing”. (NAO).
The government plans to release a green paper on reform and the funding of care for older people in Summer 2018.
Triggle, N. (2018). Care sector: ‘Short of nurses and other key staff’. London: BBC Health News, February 8th 2018.
This relates to:
The Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office: Morse, A. (2018). The adult social care workforce in England. National Audit Office Report (HC 714). Session 2017–2019. London: The Stationery Office [Department of Health and Social Care / National Audit Office (NAO)], February 8th 2018.
There is also an Executive Summary.
A Joint King’s Fund / Health Foundation Working Paper
The Kings Fund and the Health Foundation have produced a report on “Approaches to social care funding”.
Wenzel, L. Benne, L. [and] Bottery, S. [et al] (2018). Approaches to social care funding: social care funding options. London: King’s Fund [and] Health Foundation, February 2018. Health Foundation Working Paper No.2.
Consultation on Adult Social Care Workforce
The Department of Health and Social Care and Skills for Care are conducting a consultation regarding people’s opinions, and the evidence, on what needs to be done to meet workforce requirements in the adult social care sector. Challenges to be addressed include:
- Attracting and recruiting staff.
- Improving staff retention.
- Improving professional development.
- Investigating the role of regulation.
- Effective workforce planning.
The closing date for submissions is April 9th 2018.
Facing the facts, shaping the future: adult social care workforce consultation. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care and Skills for Care, February 2018.
The Situation in Scotland (Fair Work First)
Findings of the Fair Work report:
Social care workers face ‘unfair conditions’. London: BBC Health News, February 26th 2019.