The paper, ‘How can we act now to create a high quality workforce in the UKs health sector’, calls for employers to create higher quality roles for support staff and to provide better progression opportunities to develop productivity in the sector.   It takes an in—depth look into the identified skills needed for support workers and explores ways in which the sector as a whole can progress.

Skills for Health identifies that the sector is lacking a high quality intermediate workforce as a result of barriers to progression from support roles to higher skilled ‘registered’ roles and recommends that developing the support workforce will make a significant contribution to meeting future health care needs.

The provision of training is not enough. Skills for Health recommends that employers commit and plan for the support workforce by creating an overall strategy and allowing sufficient budget for developing higher quality roles, while identifying opportunities on a day-to-day basis to consider if a support worker could fulfil the required job.