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Good leadership key to high-quality social care, says sector

Ninety four per cent of people working in adult social care link the quality of leadership to the quality of care, a National Skills Academy survey has found.

The National Skills Academy for Social Care has just published ‘Who cares?’, the findings of a pan-sector survey carried out at the end of last year, writes Debbie Sorkin, head of membership and engagement at the academy.

The survey was designed to canvass views on key issues in social care and on the future role the academy should play in relation to leadership in the sector. We had responses from hundreds of people around the country and at all levels in the sector, showing a passionate and long-standing commitment to social care.

Key findings included:

• 64% of respondents believed that the care sector was a professional place to work

• 69% of respondents believed that care was a good place to progress a career

• Over 90% thought that the sector should do more to counteract negative media images of social care

• 94% linked quality of leadership with quality of care

• 93% wanted to see more investment in leadership development

• Respondents believed the skills academy should be the true voice of the sector around leadership.

The report is available online and for a hard copy, please email Debbie Sorkin, director of engagement at the academy.

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