Workforce Capacity Fund

The government announced an extra £120 million funding to support local authorities to manage workforce pressures. The purpose of this funding is to enable local authorities to deliver measures to supplement and strengthen adult social care staff capacity to ensure that safe and continuous care is achieved.

Skills for Care has a range of resources that have been listed in the DHSC guide document about the fund. You’ll find more information and links to them below.

Our locality managers can advise and support you to navigate our range of resources.   

We've also produced some frequently asked questions for providers.


Examples of local authority and provider staffing initiatives and recruitment solutions

We’ve developed case studies that look at how local authorities and providers across the country have tackled workforce capacity issues in their area. Each case study includes what they did, who they worked with and what was achieved to help you establish your own measures.

You’ll also find examples of some local recruitment initiatives that the sector has developed over the past months, including a link to Care Friends which is an innovative referral app to improve recruitment in social care.

⇨ See the case studies

In addition, you may find the following resources useful.


Safe and rapid recruitment 

In these unprecedented times, it’s important that the safety and wellbeing of people using our care services remains a priority. Look at our guiding principles to help you address your additional workforce recruitment challenges, including information on value-based recruitment. 

⇨ See the principles


Recruiting personal assistants during a pandemic

Our recorded webinar highlights practical steps individual employers can take to attract and recruit workers during COVID-19, including local examples. 

⇨ View the webinar


Think Care Careers

We have lots of information and resources to help employers and employment advisors promote social care as a positive career choice.

⇨ Visit our dedicated webpages

There’s also information and videos on transferable skills and working in care - See the information


Registered nurses in social care

We’ve created a dedicated webpage specifically about registered nurses to make it as easy as possible to access the most up to date information and guidance on COVID-19. 

⇨ Visit the webpage


Social workers  

We’re providing the most up to date information and support needed for social workers including general guidance and links to Social Work England’s temporary registration of social workers. 

⇨ See the information


Rapid online induction programme

We’ve identified the training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce. The rapid induction programme is aimed at new staff and volunteers.

⇨ Find out more about the training


Effective workplace assessment

This guide is designed to support the planning and implementation of effective assessments of workers. It provides advice and information about the role of the assessor and practical suggestions on how to conduct effective assessments.

⇨ Download our summary edition


Identifying and implementing measures to increase workforce capacity

Our practical resources will help you to understand the workforce aspects of your commissioning responsibilities. These can help you to analyse local workforce needs, work with providers to build the workforce skills and knowledge and, where necessary, plan workforce interventions to build confidence, capability and capacity.

Resources to help for commissioners

Workforce shaping and commissioning for better outcomes 

This guide focuses on bringing service commissioners together to ‘analyse, plan, do and review’ the workforce requirements in your local area, to produce a joint service and workforce strategy, or market and workforce position statement.

⇨ Download the guide

Workforce Intelligence  

Remember Skills for Care is the leading source of workforce intelligence for adult social care in England with local authority and COVID-19 specific information. 

⇨ View our workforce intelligence data 

Workforce capacity planning

Our ‘Workforce capacity planning model’ can help you to think through workforce capacity issues. It includes prompts, tips and resources to help you to apply each part of the model and make informed decisions

⇨ See the model


Resources to help providers

Practical approaches to workforce planning

Our guide gives a summary of how you can do workforce planning using the analyse-plan-do-review method.

⇨ Download the guide.


Help with planning and developing your workforce

Our ‘Workforce planning and development tool’ is designed to help your organisation plan for and implement a new workforce development plan.

⇨ View the tool.


Workforce outcomes measurement model

This model provides a simple way of linking the impact and benefits of workforce interventions to measurable, person centred outcomes for people who need care and support, organisations and the local community. It can be utilised to measure change in the short, medium and long term and for both simple and complex challenges.

⇨ Download the model