Date lodged: 23 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported recruitment and retention challenges in the social care sector.
Answered by: Shona Robison 31 May 2018
Attracting and retaining the right people, and raising the status of social care as a profession, is key to delivering quality care. That is why we have taken action to protect our social care services, including paying the real Living Wage to adult care workers, a move that has benefited up to 40,000 care workers.
And our living wage commitment will be extended to cover sleepover hours during 2018-19.
The work we have begun with our major stakeholders on all three Parts of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan is designed to ensure safe, sustainable and high quality services right across our NHS, social care and primary care services. The Part 2 recommendations, which were published in December 2017, cover the social care workforce and will directly address recruitment challenges, promote career pathways and improve workforce development in social care.