Northamptonshire County Council’s director of adult social services Carolyn Kus is leading a regional workforce development strategy to ensure staff across the East Midlands are ready to deliver 21st century services.
The East Midlands Regional Workforce Development Group is made up of 10 local authorities who are working in partnership to deliver fair and equitable services across the region.
This is the first region in the country to sign a charter pledging to deliver an adult social care workforce that is fit for the future.
'Bright and positive future'
Mrs Kus, who is chairman of the East Midlands Regional Workforce Development Group, said: “Through effective partnership working, we can improve the lives of people in the region who access our services by providing an appropriately skilled, well-trained and talented workforce and by ensuring fair and equitable services are available across the East Midlands.
“We know there are going to be challenges ahead, including the implications of the Care Act, but we are committed to working in close, honest and open partnership to develop a firm regional charter, which we can all adopt and use to structure consistency within our individual organisations.
“We are looking forward to a bright and positive future working closely with regional colleagues to produce the best services that we can.”