Skills for Care

The care workforce pathway will set out clearly what a career in social care means and the level of knowledge, experience and skills required to deliver high-quality, personalised, care and support.

It will empower people working in social care to develop themselves and their career by setting out how they can gain skills, access learning and development, and progress in their careers in a way that meets their aspirations.


Call for evidence

We've been working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to gather views from across the sector on the pathway, what it should include, how it should be set out and how we can support people working in care, and social care employers, to use it. The first part has focused on staff working in direct care roles and you can read more in this blog Next steps for the Care workforce pathway for adult social care by Anna Boaden, Deputy Director DHSC and Oonagh Smyth, CEO Skills for Care who share their reflections on engagement so far.

From discussions and through responses to the call for evidence, it's clear that there has been enthusiasm across the sector for this new pathway, with it being widely viewed as a positive step in the right direction.


Engaging with people who draw on care and support

The care workforce pathway will be underpinned by a set of values that all those working in social care should represent regardless of their role or who they support.

Over the next couple of months, Think Local Act Personal and DHSC will engage with people who draw on care and support, as well as those providing care, to hear about their experiences and expectations which will help to define the values needed for person-centred care and support.


Next steps for the pathway

Following the close of the call for evidence we’re now moving on to the design phase of the pathway and we look forward to sharing further updates here.