A lack of communication

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Training the social care workforce is suffering from a lack of communication between government departments. The Department of Health (DoH) was responsible for the drafting of the Care Standards Act and rightly made the training of the workforce a priority, but one has to wonder if any thought was given to the size of the task. The Skills for Care National Data Set (NDS) project will provide some idea of the numbers of staff involved, but the availability of that information is still probably some 18 months away, while the target date for compliance with the National Minimum Standards – training was in 2005. Additional information will become available as a consequence of the registration of care staff by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). One wonders why NDS and the GSCC’s registration could not have been combined into one project – perhaps funding was in plentiful supply. I can only supply hard data in respect of Hertfordshire where we carried out a survey of the workforce, funded by Adult Care S

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