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NCF responds to government plan to recruit foreign social care workers

The National Care Forum has responded to the government’s latest social care recruitment plans.

Following the government’s announcement that it is planning to recruit thousands of foreign workers to plug staffing gaps in both social care and the health care sector, Professor Vic Rayner OBE, NCF CEO, said:

“There is no doubt that there is a need to take action in relation to the social care workforce. An international workforce has always been a fundamental and valued element of the delivery of frontline care, with colleagues welcomed from across Europe and a wide range of other countries, and efforts to support and streamline current approaches to international recruitment would be welcome. However, there is much work to be done to make this accelerated push a meaningful reality for employers, and critically for those who are choosing to come and work and support the care sector. Fundamental issues for those staff coming to the UK around pay, housing, transport and ensuring a supportive recruitment and employment experience must be addressed if this is to be a success. In addition, the recent changes to the Shortage Occupation List which is enabling this approach for frontline care staff have only been amended on a temporary basis. This has to be made permanent immediately.

“This has to be part of a much wider strategic approach to the long term sustainability of the workforce which includes better pay, terms and conditions. It is imperative that alongside this move is a streamlined long-term People Plan for the sector that brings meaningful long term relief to the care sector.”

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National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
12th October - 13th October 2022

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18th October 2022

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