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Care England Calls for Parity of Esteem Between the NHS and Social Care Workforce

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of social care has submitted a response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation.  The underlying theme of the submission is that the development offer to the social care workforce should be proportionate to its contribution to individuals and society in general in equal measures to that afforded to NHS staff.

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

“Currently the Government spends on average £3,615 on each NHS employee per year on staff development compared with only £16 on each social care employee per year.  We need a level playing field”.

Care England has repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce and one such mechanism to do this is to bring together Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body.  In addition the submission sets out the need for a multi year settlement for the development of the health and social care workforce and a greater emphasis on an evidence based approach together with an equal partnership between commissioners and providers.

Professor Martin Green continues:

“As the largest representative body for independent sector providers of adult social care, Care England is proud to support Care Home Open Day #CHOD2018, which this year will take pace on 21 April 2018.  Care Home Open Day is one way of promoting messages about the valuable and attractive career paths available in 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.  A Care England survey in July 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next 3 years due to low rates being paid by councils
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk