Care Workers: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th April 2022.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of care home staff; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are assisting adult social care providers to recruit care staff such as those in care homes, including through the £462.5 million Workforce Recruitment and Retention Funds, which also supported existing care workers through the winter. In addition, we have expanded the Health and Care Visa to include care workers, care assistants and home carers for a 12-month period and these roles have been added to the Shortage Occupations List.

The latest phase of national recruitment campaign between November and March 2022 aimed to shift perceptions of the adult social care sector and was delivered in partnership with the sector through TV, radio and digital advertising. The recent ‘People at the Heart of Care’ white paper announced that we will invest at least £500 million to develop and support the workforce over the next three years.

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