Care England Gives Cautious Welcome to Changes to Shortage Occupation List

Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has today given a cautious welcome to the new roles added to the Shortage Occupation List.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“I am pleased that the Government has acknowledged the challenges of recruiting social care managers, this is something we have long called for.  We hope that this is the start of a process towards the creation of a migration system which supports rather than undermines the development of the adult social care workforce”.
The Home Office announced that pharmacists, laboratory technicians, senior care workers and nursing assistants would be added to the Shortage Occupation List. This enables people in these roles to have an advantage in obtaining a skilled worker visa. A job on the Shortage List is worth 20 points.
Care England will continue its work to push for all social care workers, not just senior social care workers, to be added to the Shortage Occupation List and reassert its calls for a social care workforce plan.
Martin Green continues:
Our staff are our best resource and we will do all we can to protect, recognise and champion them. We Care for England”

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