The number of nursing jobs in adult social care has declined by 20%, or 10,500, since 2012, Skills for Care has revealed.
Nursing was one of the few roles to see a decline as the overall workforce in adult social care increased by 22% (290,000) to 1.62m since 2009, according to Skills for Care’s annual assessment of the workforce.
Nadra Ahmed OBE. Executive Chairman. National Care Association, said the decline in nursing jobs was a “worrying trend” but not unexpected.
The rate of increase in jobs slowed between 2014 and 2018, however, with the workforce growing by around 16,000 jobs each year compared to an average annual increase of 45,000 per year between 2009 and 2014.
Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden said: “There is rightly a very live debate about the future of adult social care, and the robust data in this report allows us to make decisions about what future service delivery might look like based on what we know rather than gut feelings.
“The report does once again show the obvious contribution our growing workforce makes supporting people to live the lives they want, but also that our sector is now a key part of our national economy. As we estimate we will need to fill another 580,000 job roles by 2035 that contribution is only going to grow, so we need to start thinking about how that is factored into economic planning locally and nationally.”
The report reveals there are 18,500 organisations involved in delivering adult social care across 39,000 establishments in England.
Since 2009, the workforce has continued to shift away from local authority jobs (a decrease of 37%, or 65,000 jobs) towards independent sector jobs (an increase of 30%, or 290,000 jobs).
The number of jobs within independent sector care homes with nursing increased between 2017 and 2018 by 2% to 295,000 jobs. This figure had, however, decreased by 5,000 jobs between 2016 and 2017.