Collaborative priorities for the social care workforce 2020-2025
Our shared belief is that people with care and support needs should receive personalised and high-quality services to enable them to enjoy fulfilled lives in their own homes and communities. Consistent care should be available to all, irrespective of age, location or circumstance. These shared priorities won’t replace a national workforce strategy for social care, but whilst we wait for this to be developed we want to make sure we're working together to make as much impact as we can in the work we're doing.
High quality care and support services are dependent upon a highly skilled and valued workforce, appropriately rewarded for their work and the vital impact that it has on people’s lives.
More than one and a half million people work in social care, helping hundreds of thousands of adults and children to live safer, healthier and more enjoyable lives.
ADASS, the LGA and Skills for Care work with councils, providers and others to maintain and develop a social care workforce equipped and supported to undertake this pivotal role. Each of the three organisations receives funding from the government to pursue agreed objectives and priorities. This year the three bodies have joined forces around the following five key areas to drive meaningful change in better supporting the social care workforce:
- Strategic workforce planning
- Growing and developing the workforce
- Enhancing the use of technology
- Supporting wellbeing and positive mental health
- Building and enhancing social justice, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
Download this presentation for further information on each key area.
The deliverables behind them, will be formally agreed by each organisation, and shared workforce priorities will be developed to ensure significant progress is made in each area.
Implementation of the shared workforce priorities will be led by councils and partners at a local and regional level, with learning shared and delivery scaled up nationally. In some instances, it will be beneficial to lead initiatives at a national level, i.e. in seeking increased pay and rewards for social care workers. Where this is the case outcomes and learning will be disseminated locally to benefit all.
The impact of the shared workforce priorities across the five key areas will be assessed over time to help inform sector-led improvement programmes and to improve future collaborations in supporting and developing the social care workforce.
If you would like further information or are interested in joining the 3 organisations on the joint priorities work, please email Amanda Whittaker-Brown at the Local Government Association.