Care workers: building the future social care workforce

Future of care No 2 – November 2016

More care workers are needed to meet the care and support needs of the future. The adult care sector therefore needs to recruit, train and retain more social care workers. The extent of the challenge – and the effectiveness of our responses – will depend in part on political, economic, social and technological changes.

This paper looks at three hypothetical future scenarios, and how the sector might respond to the challenges and opportunities those scenarios offer. It highlights the common responses and actions that may help to attract more people to a career working in care.

It is based on an event with stakeholders across the social care sector, hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence in July 2016. The event was part of a wider research study commissioned by JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

SCIE would like to thank JP Morgan Chase Foundation for supporting the event and the wider research which informed this paper, and Rob Francis from OPM for his work on this project.

The views expressed in this paper are based on discussions with a wide group of stakeholders.


The following definitions are used in this report:

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