New roles in social care

A government review of the social care workforce could create new roles in sector.


The Options for Excellence review will also consider increasing the supply and improving the quality and training of social workers and social care workers.


The aim is to develop a workforce that can deliver personalised services and safeguard the well-being of vulnerable people, the government said.


Liam Byrne, care services minister, said: “We need a strong and professional workforce to help us deliver social care that keeps people at the centre of their care and ensures dignity for life.


“This review board will help us to focus on new roles, improving career opportunities and most importantly, driving up the quality of service. It will also focus on leadership, which is a vital part of delivering a world class social care workforce.”


A wide range of stakeholders have been invited to join the review board including employers, unions and industry associations.


The social care workforce numbers about one million people in the UK and provides support to 1.5 million members of the public at any time.


 

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