Improving equality in social care to provide better care

Improving equality in social care to provide better care

Introduction

Skills for Care and the Care Provider Alliance have launched a project to explore the scale of the challenges for employers when drawing on the talent of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff. The work will explore good practice in the sector and will seek to put in place practical proposals to overcome the obstacles being faced.

Background

Research suggests that a valued and inclusive workforce helps to ensure the delivery of high quality care. However, evidence from the health sector, including from the NHS staff survey, shows that the treatment of, and opportunities for development for, some staff falls short of what we would all want. This is notably the case for many BAME staff who are a substantial proportion of the workforce in many parts of the country.  Whilst social care does not have the benefit of evidence from a national staff survey, high level evidence from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care may demonstrate a lack of equity in career progression for BAME colleagues. Further analysis of the NMDS-SC would be beneficial in this area.

Project overview

The work looking at how equality in social care can be improved will include:

  • Careful examination of available data and what data may be missing.
  • Gaining intelligence about strengths, barriers and solutions including the challenges of changing workforce patterns and new models of care.
  • Considering how findings can contribute to collaborative working across health and social care and informing the development of new models of care.
  • How the expected values and standards in social care can be embedded in the solutions being sought.
  • A series of six free workshops organised in different parts of the country for sharing good practice, aimed at leaders and managers from social care including social workers, registered managers, and those involved in workforce planning and recruitment. 

The project will be led by Karen Linde - Independent consultant/Associate at Centre for Citizenship and Community and Roger Kline from Middlesex University Business School, both of whom have extensive experience in the field.

The outcomes

The work will help create guidance for the sector which draws on best practice, summarises why the issue is important, and gives practical advice drawn from the workshops and the experience of other sectors where a positive approach is already reaping rewards. The work will be completed in April 2018.

The workshops

Workshop dates

Date

Venue

Time

Focus

 

29 March

Skills for Care London office

10.00 – 12.30

Social care

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29 March

Skills for Care London office

13.30 – 16.00

Social care

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12 April

Skills for Care London office

13.30 – 16.00

Social work

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16 April

Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford

13.30 – 16.00

Social care

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30 April

Spectrum Community Health CIC, Wakefield 

13.30 - 16.00

Social care

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Please note that in order to get a broad representation of views, attendance at the workshops is limited to one person per organisation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the workshops and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution to this important project.

About Skills for Care and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA)

Skills for Care helps create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce. Our practical support helps leaders and managers recruitdevelop and lead their staff, retaining them from entry level right through to senior leadership and management roles. Find out more by taking a look at our website www.skillsforcare.org.uk.

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the 11 main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England.  We work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it. For more information about the CPA visit www.careprovideralliance.org.uk.