The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England. SCIE response

13 October 2021

The ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report has been published today by Skills for Care.

Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Kathryn Smith, responds:

Only two days ago there were rumours of a National Care Service being created. Today’s Skills for Care report shows that the government’s ambition of integrating the NHS and social care is currently far from achievable because of the critical workforce shortage in social care.

Kathryn Smith continues:

Tackling the pandemic-related backlog in NHS treatments requires stabilising social care. The two systems depend on each other, even if they are not fully integrated. Understaffing in social care delays hospital discharges, reduces care home places and limits the availability of home-based care.

Social Care for Excellence Chief Executive Kathryn Smith concludes:

We’ve been calling for a sustained increase in funding to stabilise the social care system and meet growing demand. The Skills for Care report highlights again that funding is desperately needed and must be ring-fenced.

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