Hft | News | Care Workforce Pathway is a step in the right direction

2024-01-12 11:27:08

The Care Workforce Pathway is one step in the right direction, but only one, says Hft

Learning disability charity Hft has responded to the Government’s plans to develop the domestic care workforce in the UK, saying it is one step in the right direction but further action must follow.

Steve Veevers, CEO of Hft, says:

“It’s certainly refreshing to see that the Government is taking steps to invest in our invaluable adult social care workforce and the 1.52 million dedicated staff our sector employs.

“As evidence from our Sector Pulse Check research, written in partnership with Care England, illustrates, career development opportunities can have a direct impact on recruitment and retention. The Government’s package of support is therefore a move in the right direction and I’m keen to see what impact the new Care Workforce Pathway has on our sector.

“However, the Government cannot rest on its laurels. It has previously left expectations unfulfilled and, just last year, halved vital funding for the development of our workforce. Now, the importance of significantly reducing the vacancy rate across adult social care is higher than ever; it cannot be underestimated. This is just a start.

“We must see further action on this, from the current Government and the next.”

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For further information please phone 0117 906 1697 or email media.enquiries@hft.org.uk

About Hft

Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk