The social care workforce 2009


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

|By DAVID MORTIMER, Independent consultant & training provider, Tel: 07710 438060 / 01376 348704 Email: dvmort@yahoo.co.uk| |Training targets, transferable skills, an aging workforce. DAVID MORTIMER examines the staffing issues that will effect social care providers over the coming years.| At present the social care workforce is estimated to be somewhere between 1.0 and 1.2 million. Add to this at least half a million volunteers and anything up to six million informal carers. That is a lot of people across an enormously diverse sector without even considering what is going to happen under direct payments. This is in a sector in which demand will grow due to an ageing population, has an ageing workforce, recruitment problems and is being steered toward much greater emphasis on supported living rather than residential care. There are a lot of new expectations of this workforce, there being a vast array of new legislation, standards, regulations, policy documents, strategies and so on. Demographically, the workf





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