Care England have announced that the Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care, Oonagh Smyth, has agreed to join the list of confirmed speakers at the forthcoming Care England Conference on 16 March 2023. Her presentation will be premised around the solutions required to address the underlying issues afflicting the sector’s workforce through an exploration of what Skills for Care is doing and what is required of wider sector partners to ensure the sector is thriving, not just surviving.
Oonagh Smyth is Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care, which is the workforce development charity for adult social care in England. She has extensive experience working with organisations across the social care sector and prior to starting at Skills for Care in 2020, Oonagh was the Executive Director of Strategy and Influence in Mencap. She is also a former Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and an accredited executive coach.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England says:
‘Once again, we are putting a really strong line-up of influential speakers in place for the Care England annual conference, and we look forward to hearing Oonagh Smyth’s views on what is required to ensure we have a sustainable workforce going forwards. Skills for Care has published some incredibly concerning data this year which evidenced the number of vacant posts in the sector had increased by 52% to 165,000. The workforce is the cornerstone of our sector.
The work that Skills for Care has done, and shall continue to do, to support the workforce is immense and we look forward to hearing from Oonagh as to what is required to navigate this incredibly tough time for care providers and our workforce.’