Care England has called for a parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce.
The call was made in the body’s response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation, which was launched in February (see Green Paper launched on social care workforce).
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Currently the Government spends 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.”
Care England repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce, including the merger of Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body.
The submission also set 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.
The Skills for Care consultation, which will feed into the summer’s Green Paper on social care, invites stakeholders views on the challenges facing the sector, including: attracting and recruiting workers; improving retention and professional development; considering the role of regulation; and ensuring effective workforce planning.