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Skills for Care: Outcomes based commissioning is the key to long-term sustainability

The best way to make adult social care sustainable in the long-term is to move the basis of payment from processes to outcomes, according to a new report published by Skills for Care.

The value of adult social care in England report argues that contracts that reward care quality and outcomes will generate wider economic benefits and support higher wages.

Among the forecast wider benefits of social care are improved wellbeing of carers and employment opportunities for carers, valued at least £7.9 billion.

This is in addition to a direct economic contribution of the social care sector valued at £50.3 billion.

The training organisation calls for consistent investment in training and defined career development in order to realise the benefits and reduce vacancy rates which ran at 112,000 jobs (vacancy rate of 7.3 per cent) with a turnover rate of 30.4 per cent.

Further recommendations include the following:  

  • Address pay differentiations between senior and entry-level care worker roles
  • Recognise and reward the registered manager role
  • Evaluate the role of higher levels of pay to increase market competitiveness.

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