A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations, including Care England and the National Care Association, has been created to ensure sustainable workforce supply and standards of care are maintained as Britain withdraws from the EU.
The Cavendish Coalition aims to provide those leading Brexit negotiations with the expertise, evidence and knowledge required on issues affecting the health and social care sectors.
The newly formed group will be a shared voice which influences and lobbies on post-EU referendum issues that affect the social care and health workforce. It will in particular ensure that there is a robust evidence base to support workforce policy across social care and health.
The Cavendish Coalition has submitted evidence to a cross-party inquiry chaired by MP Gisela Stuart which will examine options for guaranteeing the status of EU nationals who are currently living in the UK.
The coalition is united in its belief that EU citizens working in the UK’s social care and health sectors should remain.
Care Providers Alliance chair Frank Ursell and Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “The coalition is a welcome opportunity for the 19,300 employers in adult social care, the 1.43 million care workers and the workforce that supports children’s services who support citizens with a wide range of care and support needs around our country.
“The coalition brings together representatives from social care and health seeking to ensure that we continue to offer seamless, quality person centred services following the decision to leave the EU.
“With around 80,000 jobs filled by workers with EU nationality who make a valued contribution to adult social care in England, employers and their workers are uncertain of the impact of the decision to leave.
“All the adult social care organisations who have signed up to this coalition can use their knowledge to help British Future inform the post-Brexit decision making process to ensure that millions of people in our communities, and their families and carers, can continue to access quality social care and health provision.”