Last week, Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and sister group, Countrywide Care Homes, took part in Social Care Commitment Week with Skills for Care and the Department of Health.
The aim was to help to sign up as many employers to the Social Care Commitment as they could and to promote the commitment to the public.
The Social Care Commitment is a promise social care providers make to the people they care for and their families.
By signing the commitment, those who give care and support are promising to give the highest quality care they possibly can.
It has been two years since the first employers signed the Social Care Commitment. Since then, over 3,000 employers have signed up.
Supported by the Department of Health, the aim of Social Care Commitment Week was to raise awareness of the commitment within the sector. The Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt, has released the following statement on behalf of the Department of Health in support of the week:
“The 1.45 million care workers and healthcare assistants in this country are the lifeblood of the care sector. As our population continues to grow and age, their skills and dedication are needed now more than ever. But it is one thing to attract people with the right values and skills, quite another to empower and support them in what we know to be challenging yet highly rewarding careers.
“For more than two years, the Social Care Commitment has done exactly that – a contract between employers and employees to invest in each other and be the best they can – as together they strive to deliver high quality, compassionate care. Social Care Commitment Week is the perfect opportunity to reaffirm this pledge and encourage new registrations. The Department of Health will continue to support Skills for Care, care agencies and local providers as they use the Commitment to facilitate better training and support, enhanced career paths and, ultimately, greater peace of mind for those receiving or arranging care for themselves and their loved ones.”