Posted on Monday 23rd December 2019
As the Interim CEO of Skills for Care, I want to start this Christmas message by saying a very big thank you to every one of the 1.49 million strong adult social care workforce.
As I travel the country meeting employers and their workers, I see for myself the difference that you all make in our communities, day in and day out.
That commitment to high-quality services is made even more remarkable given the tough conditions that we are all operating in. We’re almost uniquely a people business, so I know that workers all too often go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that standards don’t slip.
With those day-to-day challenges in mind, Skills for Care is fully committed to supporting employers to make sure that their workers can access the learning and development opportunities that they need, at whatever stage of their career.
I’m a great believer in making decisions that are based on hard evidence, so I’m grateful to all of the employers that have contributed their data to the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set, which we launched earlier this year. There’s no doubt that our sector will continue to face big challenges - new and old – in 2020, but having quality data, thanks to you, will help us make our case at the very highest levels.
Next year, I want us to be far better at telling people just how important social care is in creating strong communities, and how much difference our highly skilled and motivated workers make every single day.
One thing that is true about social care is that millions of people need support every day of the year, including Christmas Day. So let me say a special thank you to all those workers who will be leaving their loved ones around the festive table and going out to support others.
2020 will bring new challenges, but I know that based on what I’ve seen of your commitment, passion and skills, we can make it a successful year for our sector.
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.