By Integrated Care Journal-
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care in England, has added its voice to the growing call for evidence on good practice on in-work progression from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Going further, Care England has called for a long-term people plan for the adult social care sector. The organisation believes that “maintaining the financial sustainability of social care providers is of fundamental importance in maintaining the capacity of the health and care system at large. ”
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, commented that: “The long-term funding gap is the primary threat to the care sector. ”
In its submission, Care England presented several key areas of social care reform that it believes would help contribute to the recovery of the UK economy by providing meaningful employment.
Professor Green explained: “For too long, governments of all stripes have implemented policies which have, in fact, thwarted the ability of care providers to develop their workforces. ”
The body believes that the efforts of adult social care professionals during the pandemic have demonstrated a level of professionalism within the workforce that has gone unrecognised.
Care England continues to argue that it should be the foremost priority of the Government to take this opportunity to properly fund the sector. An increase in funding is paramount, it believes, to combating vacancy rates and enhance the appeal of social care to the domestic workforce.
Going further, the body calls for greater integration with the NHS to help further career progression and bring the care sector to an equal footing with the NHS.