Skills for Care

Caring for our future: promoting joined-up workforce planning and intelligence

Joint statement from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) and Skills for Care

The Government published a white paper on the reform of adult social care, Caring for our future: reforming care and support.

The CfWI and Skills for Care welcome the strong focus on the workforce and ambitions contained within the white paper to raise the profile of the social care workforce.

Skills for Care ensures that England's adult social care workforce has the appropriately skilled people in the right places working to deliver high-quality social care. To achieve this, Skills for Care focuses on the attitudes, values, skills and qualifications people need to undertake their roles.

To support the white paper, Skills for Care activities include:

  • producing with Skills for Health a minimum training standards and recommended minimum training standards for adult social care workers and healthcare support workers
  • targeting personal assistants (PAs) and their employers with greater support, learning and training through the Workforce Development Fund
  • doubling the number of apprentices in social care to 100,000 over the next five years
  • expanding the Care Ambassadors scheme to promote a positive image of the sector
  • collecting workforce data across the social care sector through the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) and providing workforce intelligence reports to the Department of Health (DH) for strategic planning
  • by April 2013, providing clear and accessible information on staff training from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) for the DH to publish as part of the provider quality profiles, so people can understand the skill mix of staff at different care providers.

The CfWI has a specific remit around workforce intelligence, planning and modelling. It works on projects directly commissioned by the DH. To support the white paper, commissioned projects include:

  • planning the social care workforce by developing a supply and demand model for use at a national and local level, focusing on key groups identified in the white paper, including a strong focus on registered managers.
  • improving national and local planning for apprentices and personal assistants by building a model for national and local workforce planning.

The CfWI offers wider workforce planning support through the promotion of integrated workforce planning approaches between health care and public health. A horizon scanning programme will allow the CfWI to identify future challenges and opportunities facing the health and social care workforces.

Skills for Care and the CfWI are working on social work reform. The CfWI is maintaining the social work supply and demand model and providing annual updates on social work supply and demand over 10 years on an annual basis. Skills for Care will support newly qualified social workers through the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment scheme.

Working collegiately, Skills for Care and the CfWI will support each other on key initiatives and projects to help realise the workforce ambitions in the Government's white paper.

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