Providers ‘at breaking point’ due to workforce crisis, warns Care England

Martin Green

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has urged the government to provide more support to stem the workforce crisis in adult social care.

Issuing the warning ahead of the PM’s announcement today on the government’s Winter Plan, Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said care providers were at “breaking point” and would “crumple” without “immediate help”.

Care England wrote to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, last month outlining the crisis in the sector and the steps required to provide support following consultation with members, including:

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expanding the workforce by recruiting from abroad to provide an additional 35,000 to 70,000 workers needed to combat the effects of mandatory vaccination by reducing the qualifying salary level for overseas social care staff and adding all care workers to the Shortage Occupation List;

waiving the Immigration Skills Charge for care workers;

fast-track system to grant visas under sponsorship licenses for people working in social care;

bonuses/increase pay;

direct support to help fund those suffering from PTSD; and

the need for the continuation of COVID funds.

Martin added: “We have done an enormous amount of work on what could and should be done to help the adult social care workforce and hope that we can look to the government for support.”

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  1. I think Providers have already hit the point of no return with the current staffing crisis. We have been saying for a number of years that the level of vacancies have been unsustainable and particularly after the final Brexit date when freedom of movement was ended are we now seeing the true impact of labour shortages. This Government has failed to recognise the key signs of failure and take the appropriate action to mitigate the current crisis that all Providers now face.

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