20 February 2020 – NCA
Health and Social Care providers have always had a migrant workforce to fill vacancies, as the domestic workforce have resisted social care roles. The image of social care projected by the media and politicians alike as a low skilled, low pay occupation does not assist in attracting people into the sector – both of these are subjective observations as the sector pays the NLW and above, as do other industry employers, and undertake skilled health care tasks to support some of the most vulnerable members of our society across all generations.
Nadra Ahmed OBE, Executive Chairman of National Care Association responded to the announcement of a detail of the point based system with disappointment, she said “ this system will bring with it substantial challenges for our sector as we are currently facing a call for more social care not less, and yet providers are being forced to consider exiting the market due to the workforce shortages and funding issues. Clearly, government are either not listening or closing their eyes to the fact that social care needs to be on that shortage occupation list and there needs to be greater investment in the sector to support the growth of a domestic workforce strategy. Their ideas around social care amount to a leaky bucket and don’t hold up”.
National Care Association is the most established and respected voice of responsible care providers. Our strength remains in support of our membership to work towards delivering care and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Care providers across the country continue to invest in their workforce and their businesses despite facing substantial challenges.
Nadra Ahmed OBE
Executive Chair of National Care Association