Skills bodies to discuss merger

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Caring Times, September 2012

Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care have announced their intention to enter merger discussions.

The two organisations already work closely together to support employers achieve a confident, capable and skilled workforce. With a shared remit to support adult social employers in developing the skills of their employees, including the vital components of leadership and management, both organisations say combining their strengths is indicative of their determination to demonstrate leadership across the sector.

Commenting on the announcement, chair of Skills for Care, Professor David Croisdale-Appleby said: “Employers give us a consistent message that they require practical, accessible and cost effective products and services to remedy the skills deficits and realise opportunities across the whole of the social care workforce.

“Skills development is about enhancing the quality of care and support as well as raising the profile and ambition of the adult social care workforce. It is our shared belief that such ambitions can best be achieved through the integrated working that merging our two organisations can bring.”

Jo Cleary, chair of the National Skills Academy for Social Care said: “This is our opportunity to demonstrate leadership to the sector at a time when the return on investment in workforce development must be improved.

“We believe we can do this by having one membership offer to all employers, whatever their size and to service users and carers as micro employers. Although we are already undertaking some excellent collaborative work, we both recognise that we can work in an even more integrated way and maximise the impact of our combined resources and expertise.”

Care services minister Paul Burstow has welcpomed the move towards a merger.

“It is good to see the two organisations coming together with the common aim of improving social care,” said Mr Burstow. “The Department is looking forward to working closely with them on the shared agenda of building a workforce that is capable, confident and well-led, a workforce that will deliver the high quality care and support that people in our communities deserve.”

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