On today’s update on the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System, James Bullion, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), stated:

 

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has shown true value of adult social care staff to our country.

They have put their own lives on the line to deliver skilled and compassionate care to people of all ages. To label our staff as ‘unskilled’ does not reflect the sacrifices that have, and continue to be, made across the country.

Social care has a vacancy rate of 122,000 and the highest turnover rate of any sector in the country. For this reason we need access to the broadest possible pool of candidates to ensure the availability of high quality care and support services for those people that need it.

Government must provide a sector-specific visa route enabling international recruitment into social care until such time that that reform and funding proposals have been agreed and implemented.

As a nation we cannot, and must not, go into what could be the most challenging winter in recent history for health and social care with further uncertainty about where our workforce will come from.’

 

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