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10 January 2024

Bild responds to DHSC launch of new Care Workforce Pathway

Today (10 January 2024), the Department of Health and Social Care launched the new Care Workforce Pathway, seeking to provide a nationally recognised career structure for the adult social care workforce.

Bild welcomes the focus on practice leadership as an opportunity for non-management career progression. Helping to prevent people leaving social care by providing career progression and recognition of individuals’ skills and knowledge, non-management pathways enable people to specialise, for example, in mental health and learning disability, autism or dementia, and go on to become practice leaders who shape workplace practice and improve quality of support.

Bild further welcomes the Targeted Upskilling Fund being focused on the pathway and trust this will include opportunities to specialise and practice leadership. We hope the social care apprenticeships will mirror the pathway, with potential for practitioners to specialise and become practice leaders.

Commenting on the launch of the pathway, Ben Higgins, Bild CEO said:

Practice leadership is key to effective workforce development and quality implementation, embedding good practice within teams and working closely with individuals accessing support. Practice leaders coach colleagues, frequently observing how they support people and improve practice by providing feedback, modelling, and clarifying what good looks like.

We are pleased to see the Department of Health and Social Care recognising the vital role of practice leaders and hope that effective implementation will improve support for people being supported in adult social care.

Find out more about Bild’s approach to Practice Leadership here.

Bild will host a free webinar to consider implications of the new Care Workforce Pathway and explore options for implementation on Tuesday 13 February.  Register your place here.

Ben Higgins, Bild CEO, is featured in this month’s Caring Times, speaking about the importance of Practice Leadership. Click here to read the article.