There are around 16,200 social workers in adult social care.
Recent data from local authorities tells us that this workforce has decreased by around 31%, with a turnover rate of 15% in 2017.
This page now includes the new Approved Mental Health Professional workforce briefing.
Almost 42,000 nurses are now employed in adult social care and work in a variety of care settings.
Their contribution plays a vital part in a team of care staff that support people with increasingly complex needs.
Personal assistants (PA)
There are around 240,000 adults receiving direct care payments in England. Skills for Care estimates that 70,000 of these employ their own staff.
A personal assistant (PA) is someone who is employed directly by a person who needs care and support, to enable them to live their life according to their wishes and interests.
We now collect information on this part of the workforce.