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:
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;
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.”