The Department of Health has announced it is to review the cost effectiveness of the three adult social care workforce delivery organisations that it funds.
The review will scrutinise professional regulator the General Social Care Council, workforce development agency Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence, which shares best practice across children’s and adults’ social care. The results will inform the forthcoming workforce strategy for adult social care.
A DH spokesperson said: “The department invests £95m annually across the three organisations. It seems right to review whether this money is being used to best effect to deliver on our overall objectives”.
The review will consider the role and purpose of the organisations, their statutory functions, their governance and funding arrangements and their relationships between themselves and government. In addition, it will consider the need to align regulation across the UK countries and the role of the organisations in respect of professional social work training. This aspect will be carried out jointly with the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Dame Denise Platt, chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, has been asked to input her personal advice to the review, which will be carried out by an external organisation over three months.