Care sector report says the sector has no plan!

Home care services Everycare UKA report finds there is no plan to recruit or retain staff to help in the rapidly growing social care sector.

Social care in England is running as a “Cinderella service” which is undervalued, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support the development of a sustainable workforce, a new report into England’s adult social care sector found.

There is a growing demand for care but not enough staff and the number of people with unmet needs is increasing, it added. Recruiting and retaining staff is increasingly difficult, but the department does not have a current workforce strategy, the authors said.

The report looked at Age UK analysis which estimated 12 million people over the age of 65 had some level of unmet care needs in 2016/17. There is also a higher than national average vacancy rate and a growing staff turnover rate. The NAO said workers feel undervalued and there is little opportunity for career progression.

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