Social care needs a ‘Wanless-style’ report

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

A systematic review of the challenges and demands facing social care should be commissioned, according to a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The report says that a better conception of social care1s relationship with the NHS would help to promote an understanding of what it can achieve and the resources needed to deliver. Who Cares? Building the Social Care Workforce argues that despite a decline in the rate of growth of the personal social services budget after 2006, demand and expectations are predicted to grow, putting greater demands on staff recruitment and retention. The report recommends: – The creation of a statutory duty on local authorities to develop a workforce strategy to cover staff recruitment and retention; – Flexible pay levels that reflect local need and skills shortages. However, the report cautions against restructuring regulatory bodies, saying these needed time to mature. IPPR senior research fellow Deborah Roche said social care had been one of the fastest grow

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