Social care workforce
The Coalition Government's response to the 2008 financial crisis led to reductions in publicly funded social care. Central government grants to local authorities (responsible for social care) reduced by 26% in real terms between 2011/12 and 2014/15 (Ismail, 2014). It is important to look at how this affected the workforce.
In 2012 and 2013 all 152 councils in England provided an NMDS-SC return, however the coverage for each individual data item varied. For more information on the coverage, completeness and methodology of this data, please see the following NHS digital webpage.
Main service groups:
- Residential - The main services included in this group are care homes with nursing, care only homes, sheltered housing and any other residential services.
- Domiciliary - This group includes all types of home care including domiciliary care services, domestic services and home help, meals on wheels, supported living, extra care housing services and any other domiciliary care services.
- Day - Day care and day services are the only main services included in this category
- Community - This category includes a range of services including social work and care management, community support and outreach, information and advice services, employment services, disability adaptations/assistive technology services, carers support and shared lives.
- Other - The majority of councils recorded their head office jobs under this category. The category also includes some healthcare services.