Adult care employers get workforce planning boost

Social care and NHS employers are to get more support in workforce planning from an agency designed to help them deliver more efficient and personalised care.

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence will provide research, expert advice and best practice information to help employers shift resources to the front line, remove bureaucracy and move care from hospitals into homes and the community.

Research last year by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services found collecting data was a barrier to good workforce planning by councils in adult social care.

The centre will be run by the consultancy Mouchel, which specialises in transforming public services, in partnership with the University of Manchester, and will work closely with bodies like Skills for Care.

Centre chief executive Peter Sharp said: “We will enable leaders, senior managers and clinicians to use this intelligence to develop the workforce in the short, medium and long-term.”

The development feeds into the government’s policy drive to shift care services out of hospitals and residential care into the community, for instance through the

Partnerships for Older People Projects, which found substantial savings and better outcomes could be achieved by investment in preventive services.

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