Chronic shortage of qualified staff

    The health and social care sector is struggling to recruit trained
    staff in the learning difficulties field, a conference heard this
    week.

    Speaking at a conference last week, London South Bank university
    dean of health and social care faculty David Sines told delegates
    that “little attention is given to systematic workforce
    planning”.

    Sines estimated that up to 85 per cent of those working with people
    with learning difficulties did not have any professional
    qualifications.

    He was also very critical about the “tokenistic” involvement of
    seriously ill people with learning difficulties in chronic disease
    management.

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