The latest Skills for Care size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2020 report uses its vast database of information on the workforce collected by the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) from around 20,000 care providers in England.

In a blog entry posted this weekProfessor Shereen Hussein, Sustainable Care Co-Investigator and Professor of Care and Health and Policy Evaluation at the University of Kent, talks about the importance of the findings in the recently released report.

Shereen Hussein

Professor Shereen Hussein

“Findings indicate a steady increase in non-residential, micro organisations and jobs in the independent sector. These findings are likely reflections of trends in the marketisation of care, including new emerging forms of home care such as live-in carers. The report also indicates a staggering 32% of social care establishments to be non-CQC regulated. These findings concur with our analysis as part of the Sustainable Care programme of work, where we investigate the impact of Brexit on the sustainability of home care workers. In our recent policy brief, we discuss the increasing use of migrant live-in carers, mainly from Eastern and Central Europe, many introduced to this work through non-CQC regulated employment-platforms. Such observations combined with findings from this report identify a real risk of a rising grey care-market post-Brexit.”

-Professor Shereen Hussein

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Skills for Care are partners of the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems research programme. Read more about Shereen’s work on the programme by clicking the image below.

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