Skills for Care

Skills for Care responds to CQC State Of Care report

20 Oct 2023

2 min read

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said:

Today’s CQC findings reflect many of the trends in our own State of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce report, highlighting the ongoing recruitment and retention challenges in both social care and health.

With thousands leaving care jobs every year, fixing that leaky bucket remains a priority for us, and we were pleased to see that this report welcomes our recent announcement that we are developing a workforce strategy for adult social care with partners including CQC.

The trends in health around racism and discrimination in this report are concerning and, while we don’t have the same data for social care, we know that Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic people working in social care have told Skills for Care that they often feel that they are not offered the same development opportunities and can experience discrimination in the workplace. We agree with the report’s focus on the importance of open and inclusive cultures.

CQC’s annual report always offers anyone who wants a skilled and confident adult social care workforce plenty to think about. We look forward to working with CQC on workforce issues so people who draw on care and support have improved access to services when they need them and where they need them.

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