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					National Care Association
The Workforce Challenge for
Dementia Care
20 October 2010

Glen Mason
Director of Social Care Leadership and Performance
Department of Health
    Context

• Rising demand

• Rising expectations

• Diminishing resources

• Localism, decentralisation and “Big
  Society”


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    Social Care Workforce

• 1.6m people in the adult social care workforce and half work in
  residential care, mainly in the private sector

• 60% of employers have 10 employees or fewer

• 115,000 people employ Personal Assistants

• There are 76,000 qualified social workers in total across the
  adult and children’s sectors

• The workforce is predicted to grow by up to 2 million by 2025



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What are we trying to achieve

• Passive to Empowered



• Static to Holistic



• Narrow to Broad



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    Six Ps - Paul Burstow


    •Prevention
    •Personalisation
    •Protection
    •Partnership
    •Productivity
    •Plurality

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    The Timetable

    • Health White Paper

    • SR

    • Vision for ASC

    • Public Health White Paper

    • Law Commission Report

    • Long Term Care Commission Report

    • Taking forward ASC reform


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    Social Care Workforce
    Strategic priorities

•    The Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy is intended to boost
    the status of the workforce

•   We are working on five strategic priorities for the workforce to
    help us deliver the strategy

      Leadership, management and commissioning

        Leadership skills are crucial to improving the quality and efficiency of adult
        social care

      Recruitment, retention and career pathways

        A variety of jobs and careers are offered by the Sector, but the status of social
        care remains low
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    Social Care Workforce
    Strategic priorities
    Continued..

    Workforce remodelling
         Personalisation will require more sophisticated workforce commissioning which
         looks at the aggregation of individual choices made by service users


    Workforce development
         The workforce needs to learn the skills to respond to care needs of people with
         long-term and complex conditions.


    Integrated working between social and health care and other services

         People who use services want the workforce to work across professional and
         organisational boundaries to meet their needs.


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National Dementia Strategy

• Objective 13 – an informed and effective workforce for people
  with dementia



• “All health and social care staff involved in the care of people
  who may have dementia to have the necessary skills to
  provide the best quality of care in the roles and settings where
  they work. To be achieved by effective basic training and
  continuous professional and vocational development in
  dementia.”



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Workforce Advisory Group

• Established to support the implementation of objective 13
  of the National Dementia Strategy



• Members include representatives of Royal Colleges,
  higher education institutions, professional and regulatory
  bodies, Sector Skills Councils, people with dementia and
  carers



• Met for the first time on 7 July 2010

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Dementia workforce reports

• Reports on the scope and training needs of the dementia
  workforce recently commissioned by Skills for Care and
  Skills for Health on behalf of DH



• The Scoping Study Report and Mapping Existing
  Accredited Education/Training and Gap Analysis Report
  were published on 8 September 2010




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Dementia - next steps

• Workforce Advisory Group further developing its work plan



• Use of existing networks to share information about dementia
  education and training



• National Quality Board System Alignment in Dementia Care
  Subgroup also considering workforce issues



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                       Thank you


Contact

Glen Mason

Director for Social Care Leadership and Performance

Department of Health

Glen.mason@dh.gsi.gov.uk

0113 2546804




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