02 March 2010

A strategy to lay the foundations for an adult care workforce that can meet the future challenges of social care in the county will be considered at a Northamptonshire County Council cabinet meeting next week.

The strategy has been developed in line with the government’s Putting People First agenda, emphasising the importance of personalisation and self-directed support to ensure that people who use adult care services have real choice and control over their lives.

It is based around the principles of prevention, early intervention and re-ablement and aims to establish an adult social care workforce in the county that can meet the challenge of supporting those people who use social care services to live ordinary lives, while remaining as healthy and independent as possible.

Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “We are all aware that the number of people in the county who need social care support is increasing, with predictions of almost a 40% rise in the number of people needing care in the county by 2017.

“The way adult social care support is delivered is changing, both to help meet this challenge and to ensure that people can have as much choice and control over their care and the way they live their lives.

“To support this change, we have developed this workforce strategy so that the county’s social care staff is developed to ensure the right people with the right skills in the right numbers are available in the community to provide the types of services people want.

“We recognise that is only by having the right workforce in place can we fully enable people who need services to live independently for as long as possible with support available when they are no longer able to live on their own.“

The strategy will be considered at Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet meeting on 9th March. The cabinet paper is available on the county council's website

Additional information:

Putting People First (2007) is the national policy framework for implementing the personalisation of adult social care. Its vision for the adult social care workforce responsible for this transformation is, ‘...one of a confident, enabled and equipped adult social care workforce – a workforce who are able to deliver truly person-centred care and understand and see the key role they are making to deliver this transformation. We see an adult social care workforce that is growing in confidence, learning and skill, led by inspiring leaders and championed by government.’