How is the government supporting adult social care this winter?

The UK government will provide £500 million to local authorities and integrated care boards (ICBs), it announced in its adult social care winter statement which was updated last week. 

 

Funding will go towards buying additional hospital beds and improving community care.

 

It is hoped this move will help ease pressures on the NHS by speeding up the discharge process. 

 

An estimated 13,000 patients who no longer require medical attention currently occupy NHS beds across the country. 

 

As part of this initiative, the Department of Health and Social Care have also advised local authorities to invest in recruiting and retaining social care staff. 

 

Research carried out by Skills for Care suggests that there are over 165,000 vacant posts in the adult social care sector alone. 

 

The government press release states that recruiting and retaining social care staff is an “ongoing priority” especially during the winter months when “pressures on care are felt 

more keenly.” 

 

Highlighting its progress in improving staffing shortages, the Department of Health and Social Care says: 

 

“Our national recruitment campaign Made with Care will run from 2 November 2022 to 31 March 2023, driving those with the right skills and values to consider a career in care by showcasing the fulfilling nature of the roles and the opportunities that the sector can offer. We continue to work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to promote adult social care careers to jobseekers through the Job Centre+ network.” 

 

Social Personnel are delighted to see progress being made towards helping local authorities, patients and carers alike during these colder months. However, it is clear that there is still a long way to go. 

 

If you need help filling gaps in your service or have any questions regarding current roles, give us a call on 0203 8929 340. 

 

carlette Isaac

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