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Social Care Workforce Development Partnership (SCWDP) workforce data collection 2015: the findings

This report sets out the key findings from the Social Care Workforce Development Partnership (SCWDP) workforce data collection 2015. The report aims to help the Care Council for Wales (CCW) and local authorities better understand the workforce of external social care providers that are commissioned to provide services by Welsh local authorities (commissioned care providers).

The work was commissioned by CCW with the support of the Welsh Government, and was led by us, the Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales (Data Unit). This is the third year that we have led the collection.

All 22i local authorities in Wales took part in the 2015 collection and provided responses.

The responses covered 84% of the commissioned care providers across Wales. The coverage of individual local authority returns ranged from 55% in Newport to 100% in Wrexham, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.

Using estimation methods we were able to estimate aggregate workforce data for all commissioned care providers surveyed by Welsh local authorities.

There were around 1,400 external care providers commissioned to provide local authorities in Wales with social care provision in 2015.

It is estimated that there were over 50 thousand staff working for these commissioned care providers in 2015.

Due to the nature of the data we do not think it is appropriate to compare the data with previous years. However, we have, once again, included a comprehensive analysis of the data that was submitted to us (the ‘returned’ and ‘constructed’ data), at a local, regional and national level.

Once again we were very pleased with both the volume and quality of the data returned. However, response rates remain an issue for a number of authorities.