Social Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16 January 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) recruit staff to fill vacancies in the social care sector and (b) ensure high standards of care in that sector.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In February 2022, we made care workers eligible for the Health and Care Visa and added them to the Shortage Occupation list. We are also investing £15 million to further boost overseas recruitment opportunities. We are running a national recruitment campaign, with continuous activity across jobs boards, video on demand, digital audio, radio and social media until 31 March. We are also making available £500 million to support safe and timely discharges from hospital. Where appropriate local areas can use this funding for measures related specifically to the recruitment and retention of care workers.

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