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Skills for Care’s three year plan to boost care workforce

Skills for Care’s new three-year strategy aims to attract the right people into the sector and ensure that they and the work they do are valued.

The strategy, announced this week, is designed to reflect a society which is changing. People are living longer, have more complex needs and have different expectations of what good care looks like.

Skills for Care is the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England and it wants to ensure that the 1.5m people working in the sector are treated fairly.

The strategy focusses on four areas for investment and growth.

It wants to:

  1. Increase workforce capacity so the right number of people, with the right values and behaviours are working in social care
  2. Support the workforce’s capabilities to ensure staff have the right skills, knowledge, competencies, values and behaviours to meet future needs
  3. Ensure different cultures are supported and the workforce is diverse and feels valued
  4. Help to ensure the sector is well funded
Oonagh Smyth

“It is vital the social care workforce has the right people with the right skills and behaviours to deliver the highest quality care and support, now and in the future,” said Skills for Care ceo Oonagh Smyth. “The strategy’s aim is to make sure people can access the care they want, when they need it. People also need to be supported where possible to live independently in their own communities.”

Skills for Care works with social care leaders, employers, the Government and partners across the social care system.  

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