Decision details

Future Social Care Workforce Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Strategy for the Future Social Care Workforce in Staffordshire has been co-developed with partners to address challenges facing the social care sector. The aim is to develop a more resilient care sector that enables more effective recruitment and retention in adults' and children's social care, based on person-centred and innovative ways of working.



“People working across Staffordshire in both children and adults social care, do an amazing job protecting and supporting the most vulnerable people in the county and we are committed to working hard not only to attract the best staff, but to keep the best staff.


We recognise that nationally we have seen unprecedented challenges in recruitment and our mission is to develop a more resilient care sector that enables more effective recruitment and retention of care staff.


In developing this new strategy, we have worked together with partners including the NHS and the independent sector and staff themselves, to look at what matters most to them and how all employers can do their very best to recruit, retain and develop their own workforce.


This includes encouraging more training and career progression opportunities as well as offering work placements and apprenticeships to attract more people starting out on their work life into the profession.”


Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care


Reasons for the Decision – To receive an update on the development of the partnership Staffordshire Social Care Workforce Strategy, timescales for publication and the approach being taken to implement the key activities to achieve the outcomes.


Decision – (a) That the Staffordshire Social Care Workforce Strategy be endorsed.


(b) That the timescales for publication and launch, and arrangements for implementation, be noted.

Report author: Deborah Sullivan

Publication date: 19/01/2023

Date of decision: 18/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 18/01/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/01/2023

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