The Department of Health should be renamed the Department of Health
and Social Care as part of an overhaul of the image of the sector,
a departmental conference report proposes.
A desire not to see the adult and children’s workforces split into
separate entities also emerges in the report as a major concern of
delegates at the DoH conference on the social care workforce, which
took place in May.
Fears that the social care sector is fragmenting led to calls for a
“supergroup” of professional bodies to speak with a “unified
voice”, set regional pay rates and establish concordats.
Many delegates wanted control of social care to be taken away from
councils: some wanted to replace it with an NHS-style control
structure, others wanted councils to retain only a human resources
Proposals to improve recruitment included apprenticeship schemes
for 16- to 18-year-olds and paying student grants or fees in return
for a period working in the sector.
– The Social Care Agenda: Developing a New National Agenda