Social care workers are set to benefit from a £500 million package of dedicated funding to improve recruitment, retention, progression, and staff wellbeing.

It is hoped that the funding from the Health and Social Care Levy will attract new staff into the sector and support those already in it by providing significant investment in individual learning and development.

This will include funding for Care Certificates, alongside significant work to create a delivery standard recognised across the sector to improve transferability across settings, so care workers do not need to repeat the Care Certificate when moving roles.

Other initiatives include wellbeing and mental health support and to improve access to occupational health to support staff resilience and recovery following their role in the pandemic.

There will also be a new digital hub for the workforce to access support, information and advice, and a portable record of learning and development. This will include exploration of new national and local policies to ensure consistent implementation of the above, as well as higher standards of employment and care provided.

We want to ensure staff wellbeing is better supported

Minister of State for Care and Mental Health Gillian Keegan said: "I am incredibly proud of all the social care staff who have worked so hard, particularly during the pandemic.

"As we recover from Covid-19, we must look to the future and to reform – this £500 million package of support will boost workforce recruitment, allow staff to progress in their careers in the sector and very importantly, ensure staff wellbeing is better supported.

"The type of genuinely transformational change cannot be accomplished overnight. We know staff will need continued support, but we hope this package will level up opportunities for current and future social care staff."

In total, the Health and Social Care levy will generate £36 billion over the next three years, which the government say will be invested in the health and social care system to ensure it has the long-term resource it needs while working to reduce patient waiting times and speed up diagnoses, including to clear the Covid-19 backlog in the NHS.