Care England has called for a parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce.
The call was made in the body’s response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation, which was launched in February.
The underlying theme of the submission is that the development offer to the social care workforce should be proportionate to its contribution to individuals and society in general in equal measures to that afforded to NHS staff.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“Currently the Government spends on average £3,615 on each NHS employee per year on staff development compared with only £16 on each social care employee per year. We need a level playing field”.
Care England has repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce and one such mechanism to do this is to bring together Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body. In addition the submission sets out the need for a multi year settlement for the development of the health and social care workforce and a greater emphasis on an evidence based approach together with an equal partnership between commissioners and providers.
Professor Martin Green continues:
“As the largest representative body for independent sector providers of adult social care, Care England is proud to support Care Home Open Day #CHOD2018, which this year will take pace on 21 April 2018. Care Home Open Day is one way of promoting messages about the valuable and attractive career paths available in social care