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March 2011 - BASW England Consultation Response to: Liberating the NHS: developing the Healthcare Workforce

BASW welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Consultation document ion developing the Healthcare Workforce. It is noted in The Consultation document that there are several mentions of the social work and social care workforce, for example 1.10, 1.2, 3.4, and how important this is and how health and social care needs to be integrated. It is acknowledged that social work and social care workforce issues were included in. “A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens”, albeit that practical concerns regarding funding are not fundamentally addressed in that document. The Consultation apart from stating that there needs to be some kind of merger between Skills for Care and Skills for Health, has virtually no mention of the issues facing the social care and social work workforce in terms of
training, qualifications, development and above all funding.