Responding to today’s report by the Care Quality Commission on the importance of having good quality staff to improve the adult social care sector, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“The workforce is the lifeblood of adult social care and this report shows that the availability, recruitment and retention of high quality staff is vital if care standards are to be improved by providing personal, dignified care to the ever-increasing number of people who need it.
“More needs to be done to make adult social care a rewarding and fulfilling career and it is right that the workforce is going to be one of the pillars of the forthcoming green paper on care and support for older people.
“However, funding is key to securing a strong and stable workforce, which drives quality. To tackle continued pressure on an already-overstretched workforce and ensure councils do not breach their statutory duty under the Care Act, government needs to plug the funding gap facing adult social care which is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020.”