In response to the draft workforce strategy published by Health Education England, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), said:

“Every minute of every day, millions of people are benefiting from distinctive, valued and personal social care. Even greater numbers receive that care from informal carers.

“Best estimates say 105,000 more carers will be needed in 2027 due to a predicted shortfall in intergenerational care provided by children to their older parents.

“Whilst we are extremely disappointed about the lack of engagement with leaders across the social care sector to date and the remarkable failure to robustly address the known shortfall in nurses working in nursing homes in this draft strategy, we are keen to work with NHS bodies and government to make sure we plan properly to attract, recruit and retain the care and support workforce that nearly 2 million older and disabled people depend on every year.”