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Council sets out 10-point plan to support social care workforce

by Laura Johnston

At a meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 6 December, members responded to a report put forward by the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee as part of its review of Adult Social Care Workforce.

Following the annual scrutiny planning process, it was agreed that the challenges facing Knowsley’s Adult Social Care workforce, and how the service is supported with decreased levels of staff, was an area that needed further review.

The committee visited a number of services and interviewed a range of staff and stakeholders to understand the challenges facing the sector, how they are being address locally and what further improvements could be made.

Following the investigation, the Scrutiny Committee set out ten recommendations that would ensure support for the sector’s workforce to continue to deliver vital services effectively. These recommendations build on current good practice in the sector and align with The Knowsley Workforce Strategy 2023-2025.

You can read the full recommendations here.

Cabinet also recommended that regular updates on the progress in implementing the recommendations be provided at Adult Social Care Portfolio Meetings.

Cllr Del Arnall Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“The challenges facing social care are not unique to Knowsley. However, it is important that we look to ensure our workforce is supported to enable them to provide vital services for our most vulnerable residents.

 

“I was pleased to see the work taking place by Council Officers to improve recruitment into our social care workforce and it is clear that we are working hard to take on the challenges the sector faces.”