Scheme launched to persuade furloughed staff to work in social care

The government has launched a drive to persuade furloughed employees to take up short-term work in the social care sector.

The Call to Care initiative is aimed at increasing staff capacity in adult social care to help alleviate the shortages being felt across the sector and workers currently on furlough will be eligible for the scheme. Those who have registered as NHS Returners and Volunteers can also respond to the Call to Care.

Kathy Roberts, Chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) welcomed the scheme.

“We very much hope that the Call to Care initiative will encourage many people who may not have considered a job in working within a care environment to consider working in adult social care. Working in care is about working with people and making a difference in people’s lives and this initiative presents a good opportunity for people to try it out in the short-term to find our first hand if it’s the right thing for them. Having worked in care and support for many years, I think many people will be pleasantly surprised by just how rewarding it is to work in care,” she said.

But Roberts added that a long-term approach to social care workforce planning was urgently needed.

“Some of the challenges we have in the sector is that we have a workforce that is highly skilled but is not being fully recognised for the contribution they make. We need to address this so that we have a structured plan that has government ownership, clear policy and sustainable funding to solve for the future care workforce. Workforce capacity issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic and it will take concentrated effort to alleviate them now and in the future,” she said.

Date Published: February 9, 2021