Care England calls for parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce
Provider representative body Care England has submitted a response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation. The underlying theme of the submission is that the development offer to the social care workforce should be proportionate to its contribution to individuals and society in general in equal measures to that afforded to NHS staff.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that currently, the Government spent on average £3,615 on each NHS employee per year on staff development compared with only £16 on each social care employee per year.
“We need a level playing field,” said Prof. Green.
Care England has repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce and says one mechanism to do this is to bring together Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body.
In addition the submission sets out the need for a multi-year settlement for the development of the health and social care workforce and a greater emphasis on an evidence based approach together with an equal partnership between commissioners and providers.