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New survey to find out more about Wales’s adult care workers

An in-depth survey is to be carried out in Wales to find out more about adult care home workers and those providing care in people’s own homes.

The Care Council-commissioned survey will aim to find out more about the characteristics, motivation and views of a workforce that makes up the largest proportion of care workers in Wales.

News of the survey comes as the Care Council publishes its response to the Older People’s Commissioner’s review of care homes, A Place to Call Home?

Gerry Evans, Care Council Director of Regulation and Professional Standards, said: “Adult care workers in Wales make up the largest group in the country’s social care workforce. They have seen much change over the past 30-plus years, moving away from domestic duties to skilled personal care and, more recently, complex health-related tasks.

“With the projected changes in the population, this workforce will continue to be at the heart of social care provision in Wales. However, little is known about their characteristics, their motivation and what they like or dislike about their work. We are committed to introducing a long-term programme to support and develop this workforce and this survey will inform its content and support the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill 2014,” he added.

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