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Adult Social Care Workforce

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the publication of Skills for Care’s workforce report.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“This report corroborates many of those key messages which Care England and the sector at large have been putting to the Government both during and before the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlights in stark terms the need for further investment in the adult social care sector if we are to meet the demographic demands of the future”.

Skills for Care's ‘The Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ comments upon the workforce pressures that have been leveraged upon the adult social care sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the average number of days lost to sickness, including staff self isolating and shielding, was around 8.0% between March and June 2020, compared to 2.4% pre-COVID-19. It also reasserts the worrying path which the UK Government has taken with its exclusion of a care workers route the countries post-Brexit immigration system. However, if the Government continues along this route then it must be followed by significant levels of investment in the adult social care workforce. The report can be found at www.skillsforcare.org.uk

Martin Green continues:

“This report makes it crystal clear that in the coming weeks and months, both providers and the adult social care workforce need to be prioritised as they remain at the frontline in combatting COVID-19. Furthermore the trend of a shift away from local authority jobs towards independent sector jobs articulates the need for the independent sector to involved in the future development of adult social care”.

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Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
3) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk 
4) @CareEngland & @CareEngDigital