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Developing capacity

Consultation on the Social Care Recruitment and Retention Strategy


The main focus of this study is an exploration of the value of the Workforce Strategy, in particular in evidencing the difference the strategy has made for the social care sector, in order to support policy development and plans for recruitment and retention in social care, post 2017, taking account of more integrated working between social care and health.


2016 – 2017

Research Team

Jill Manthorpe, Jo Moriarty and Jess Harris (SCWRU)


Department of Health, Policy Research Programme


We have built up a participant database which is based on a matrix of key stakeholder perspectives, including employers, workforce specialists, representative organisations and intermediary bodies. These cover the whole adult social care sector, are from different parts of England and are engaged in different social care activities, both regulated and non-regulated. We have visited workforce meetings and conferences to recruit participants who are not well engaged with sector bodies, such as Skills for Care or the large representative bodies. Interviews start in January 2017. An analytical framework for the responses has been developed to enable responses to be grouped thematically and outliers and commonalities evidenced. 


A draft report has been sent to the Department of Health. The final version will be published shortly.

Outputs and Impact

A report has been sent to the Department of Health and findings were presented to an audience of Department of Health and Cabinet Office policymakers (19 September 2017). Work is taking place on preparing journal articles and other outputs for employers, planners and practitioners.

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