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What is the care workforce pathway for adult social care?

The care workforce pathway outlines the necessary knowledge, experience, and skills for providing excellent personalised care and support. It guides workers on skill acquisition, learning opportunities, and career advancement aligned with their goals.

What is being developed? 

Skills for Care has collaborated with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to create the first segment of the pathway, concentrating on individuals in direct care roles. This segment introduces four role categories:

  1. New to Care
  2. Care or Support Worker
  3. Supervisory/Leadership
  4. Practice Leader (developed with BILD)

Each role category includes specific expected behaviours, knowledge, and skills. The care workforce pathway illustrates the progression within each category, allowing individuals to enhance their capabilities and deliver optimal care to those they support.

For a more detailed overview of the care workforce pathway, please visit the official government website

Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Developing a dedicated pathway for people to work in adult social care is a positive step, alongside funding for new qualifications and apprenticeships which we hope will help tackle serious recruitment and retention challenges in this vital profession.

“However, for the Pathway to make a meaningful impact, people who work in social care should have parity of pay and terms and conditions with the NHS, for comparable roles.

“Similarly, whilst helpful, the measures announced stand alone and without a solid framework. We therefore continue to call for a dedicated workforce strategy, to promote, protect, support and develop careers in social care. This will both strengthen the wellbeing and recognition of those who work in this essential vocation and benefit the people who draw on care.”

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