NCF: much more work to do on building the workforce

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

“A useful framework but much more to do” was the initial reaction of the National Care Forum (NCF) to the publication of Options for Excellence: Building a Social Care Workforce of the Future. The ministerial foreword of Options for Excellence refers to a “clear vision of a proud, professional and successful workforce by 2020” and sets out the priorities for the next 15 years to achieve a highly skilled and valued workforce that is both “trained and trusted”. NCF executive director Des Kelly said that, while the the unequivocal statement of support for the role and contribution of the social care sector was welcome, the NCF remained concerned that the workforce challenges have once again been underestimated. “The NCF has consistently argued that the vision of Our Health, Our Care, Our Say as well as Independence, Well-being and Choice both gave insufficient consideration to workforce issues,” said Mr Kelly. “We therefore welcomed the creation of the Options for Excellence working group. The

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