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DHSC announces £500m workforce development fund

Some £500 million of Health and Social Care Levy funds will be used to improve workforce recruitment and retention in social care, the DHSC has announced.

The package of support for the social care workforce will pay for the following:

  • Learning and development to support progression for care workers and registered managers
  • Funding for Care Certificates and development of a cross-sector delivery standard to improve transferability
  • Continuous professional development budgets for registered nurses, nursing associates, occupational therapists and other allied health professionals
  • Investment in social worker training
  • Initiatives to provide wellbeing and mental health support and to improve access to occupational health for staff
  • A new digital hub for the workforce to access support, information and advice, and a portable record of learning and development
  • New policies to identify and support best recruitment practices locally.

The announcement comes as part of the adult social care reform White Paper, People at the Heart of Care.

  • The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Government to set up a cross-department task force on social care, following Office for National Statistics figures that show that more than one in ten (13%) health and social care firms are not currently fully trading.   

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