Five Nations Care Forum calls for care workers to be recognised and rewarded

Five Nations Care Forum

Leaders of care associations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have called for care workers to be recognised and fairly rewarded.

The call was made during the leaders’ first meeting since the start of the pandemic on 4-5 October in London.

The forum called on the government to make the following commitments:

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Fund social care adequately so that care workers are paid fairly for the skilled roles they perform, and at least on a par with equivalent public sector roles.

Support development of an expert-led workforce strategy for social care and a 10-year workforce plan, aligned with the NHS People Plan in the UK. The meeting said the Government must also publish the terms of reference for the Social Care Workforce Advisory Group announced by Minister Butler at the HCCI conference last week.

Recognise current national needs and regional variation in demography and workforce and explore placing social care on the Shortage Occupation List.

Create a professional register for care workers in England, in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The leaders agreed that registration of care workers needs to be adequately funded and carefully implemented.

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