Training a workforce for vital jobs in health and social care
Training a workforce dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives by delivering high-quality care remains high on the Progress to Excellence Ltd agenda.
The company’s mission comes at a time when there are currently around 90,000 job vacancies in the UK health and social care sector – and the figure is set to rise.
It’s also a time, according to Chief Executive Damian Burdin, when it’s crucial not only to train a highly skilled and motivated workforce but also to make sure the right people are placed in the right jobs.
He said: “The right training is vital for a career in health and social care, mainly due to the massive responsibilities facing those working in this sector.
“These are jobs that are undoubtedly the most challenging – but they can also be the most rewarding and call for a desire to help others and to make a difference to the local community and society as a whole.
“This is why it’s vital that all health and social care workers are given the skills and knowledge to confidently deliver high-quality care to meet clients’ needs.
“In truth, you can never really do enough training as there are always ways to improve skills and knowledge to become better at your job.”
For most people, training begins with a diploma in Health and Social Care. Anyone can take this course but will need to be employed in a suitable health and social care environment in order to complete it.
Among the numerous benefits to people embarking on this training are:
Flexible learning – most Health and Social Care Diploma courses allow part-time study.
Tailoring the Diploma course – there are mandatory units to complete but optional units can be taken relevant to particular skills and areas of work.
Better job prospects – employers can see how nationally recognised standards have been achieved.
Improved skills – Diploma courses help employees to become more effective in the workplace.
Commitment by Progress to Excellence Ltd to uphold high standards of health and social care training also coincides with the forthcoming government Green Paper on care and support for older people in the community and tackling the challenges presented by an ageing population.
The proposals set out in the paper will build on the additional £2bn the government has provided to meet social care needs, reduce pressures on NHS services and stabilise the social care provider market over the next three years. Once published, the paper will be subject to a full public consultation.
Progress to Excellence Ltd has been endorsed by Skills for Care – the organisation that sets the standards and qualifications for health and social care workers – for its high quality, sector specific L&D delivery.
Reinforcing some of the issues challenging the health and social care sector, Sharon Allen, Chief Executive at Skills for Care, said: “If one issue continues to challenge this sector, it is finding and keeping the right people to fill the 90,000 job vacancies we have every day.
“If you add the forecast that we may need to fill an additional 500,000 new job roles by 2030, this makes recruitment and retention our most pressing issue.
“My main hope for 2018 is that, as a society, we will see the adult social care workforce as an asset we should be proud of – without it, our communities would be such poorer places.
“We need to celebrate the care worker who helps someone fulfil a lifelong wish. We need to praise the integrated social care and health team supporting a desperately ill man to stay in his home. And we need to value the care workers who support a person to die with dignity where they want to be.
“Adult social care is complex in so many ways; we are a people business in which hardworking, skilled and dedicated workers make a difference to people’s lives every single day and night.”
Progress to Excellence Ltd offers a full suite of Health and Social Care qualifications including the Adult Care Worker Standard Level 2, the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard Level 3 and Leadership and Management in Care Level 5 throughout England. Each qualification is delivered within the workplace and all help to aid career progression for care sector employees. More information is here or call 0151 650 6933.