"If people want to do it, say you have two or three local authorities who believe the benefits are there, what tends to happen is that the complications fall away.”
KAREN CHERRETT, PA LOCAL GOVERNMENT expert
PA Consulting Group’s Steve Carefull is quoted in an article in the Guardian commenting on the Care Act, which comes into force in April this year. The article explains that the new rules over the cost and provision of care mean that councils will have to recruit and train staff to deal with the impact.
According to the article, the Care Act represents the biggest change to adult social care in more than 60 years, introducing significant new responsibilities for local authorities. The principle underlying the act is individual wellbeing. It requires councils to focus on prevention – supporting people to live independently for as long as possible rather than responding only when there is a crisis. The article explains that there will also be a change to payment for care, which come into force in April 2016.
The article goes on to look at how particular councils are responding to these changes; Central Bedfordshire council is using funding it has received for training and development to provide staff with safeguarding skills required by the Act. Patricia Coker, head of partnerships and performance at the council, explains that finding a skilled workforce is going to be a challenge.
Steve Carefull, adult social care specialist at PA Consulting Group, says: “Central Bedfordshire is not alone in finding it challenging to access a sustainable care workforce of the right quality – many local authorities know that their domiciliary care workforce is stretched to breaking point. Hampshire county council is seeking to build capacity by working with the independent sector to promote care work as a satisfying and worthwhile career, through a new recruitment campaign. Market shaping interventions like these are essential if the Care Act’s aims are to be deliverable in practice.”