Filling the support staff skills gap


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

According to the Foundation of People with Learning Disabilities, there are currently no reliable, official statistics for the total numbers of people in the UK who have learning disabilities. However, figures published in Valuing People, an annual report paper published by the Government, suggest that there are about 210,000 people in England described as having severe and profound learning disabilities and around 1.2 million people with mild or moderate disabilities. To provide adequate support to many of these people places a great demand on traditional care services and staff availability to deliver tailored quality services. Many of those requiring high levels of support may live in residential and care homes, assisted living units or their own or parent’s accommodation. Services, therefore, also need to be broad and flexible. Key to the delivery of this service is a pool of care staff carrying out the important day-to-day work. *Health issues* Compounding the need for a professional support workforce





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