The latest report written by Skills For Care builds on their annual key sector report, ‘The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England 2016’ – the two combined provide evidence on the issues affecting adult social care and in particular issues affecting the most important element in care provision, the workforce.

The report feels timelier than ever given a number of issues currently affecting the sector. The data and trends in the report provide robust information that shed light on key workforce issues including: recruitment and retention; take up of the Care Certificate; the prevalence of zero-hours contracts and the nationality of the workforce (a very hot topic since the vote to leave the European Union). Wherever possible the report provides trend data to give us a true picture on how these issues are evolving over time.

The report provides vital information on a workforce of 1.55 million jobs in a sector where workforce is the key to the quality of care provided. At a national level it enables the sector’s key stakeholders, particularly the Department of Health to make decisions using the best information possible. In addition, data from the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC) has been used to project the number of workers that may be needed in the sector over the next 20 years. Data from this report and from the NMDS-SC is used beyond Skills for Care and the Department of Health.

HCPA are constantly working with our partners to ensure we are providing the best service we can to help you deal with the issues and challenges we face in the social care sector;

» Providers can find new staff using the Herts Good Care Recruitment Service (including details on our new prime service!)

» You can book your new staff onto the Care Certificate courses we run throughout Hertfordshire

» Keep up to date with the latest news in the sector on the HCPA News pages and through our regular eNews

» Click here to read the full report from Skills for Care

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