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Adult social care workforce

1.6 million people work for adult social care providers in England. That’s more than the NHS at 1.4 million.

They support some of our most vulnerable citizens to live as independently as possible, in their own homes or in residential and supported living settings.

CPA works with care providers as employers, and with national and local policymakers on key issues affecting the workforce.

Career pathway welcome, more investment needed

11 January 2024

CPA welcomes government's workforce plans, but pay, terms and conditions remain challenging

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Workforce News

Government workforce plans

10 January 2023

New career pathway, qualifications and apprenticeships announced

DHSC announcement

Recruitment campaign relaunched

9 January 2024

DHSC campaign Made with Care to support recruitment

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Unison and NCF

22 December 2023

Call to ditch 'catastrophic' plans for migrant care workers

NCF and Unison statement

Guidance and Information

About the care workforce

Key data on the adult social care workforce – who they are, what they do, where they work

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Workforce strategy

Information and calls for a long-term strategy for the social care workforce

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Recruitment and retention

Guidance, tips and useful links on recruiting and retaining care staff

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Guidance and information for employers and staff on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

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Flu vaccine for care workers

Guidance for employers on maximising uptake of the flu vaccine amongst care workers

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Coronavirus and the workforce

Guidance and information for employers and staff on COVID-19

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