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The government has announced a multi-million-pound fund to boost the adult social care workforce.

The new £162.5 million workforce retention and recruitment fund will create additional support for the workforce within the sector.

Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan said:

“The social care workforce has delivered high-quality care in the most challenging circumstances over the past 18 months – showing true dedication and professionalism – and I can’t thank them enough. This funding will help care providers recruit and retain staff, supporting both those already making a difference while bringing in new colleagues to help. Everyone deserves to be cared for with dignity and respect. This funding, as well as our wider reforms, will bring us closer to a world-leading social care system.”

The CQC welcomes this additional funding but has the following warning:

“It must be used to enable new ways of working that recognise the interdependency of all health and care settings, not just to prop up existing approaches and to plug demand in acute care.”

The UK government has committed to bringing forward white papers on adult social care reform and integration this year.

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The new £162.5 million workforce and retention fund

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