Hello again from the Health and Social Care team at Jisc,
This month we’re talking about you guys.
It’s not a secret that we need more health and social care workers in the UK. New research by CommonAge and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing shows that in the majority of Commonwealth countries, the absolute size of the older population will increase by at least 100% in the next 25 years. And the fastest growing segment of the population is the oldest old – those aged 80 and over.
Joel Charles, the deputy chief executive of Future Care Capital has said ‘there must also be a greater focus on the care workforce. To help with the recruitment and retention of staff, we need clear progression pathways, access to appropriate training and professional recognition.
More people are leaving the workforce than joining and the care deficit is growing each year, ‘the NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled’. Now, more than ever, it’s vital to reinvigorate interest in the health and social care sector and fill the skills gap we’re facing.
We’re confident at Jisc, that our new health and social care training resource will provide learners with a blend of different learning resources, designed to be engaging, representative of their future careers and mapped to every mandatory unit within the course. Our goal is to support teaching staff by providing an array of dynamic resources to help students stay motivated and succeed in their studies.
The health and social care training site is designed for teachers to utilise however they’d like to, so we made sure it is easy to navigate through and the curricula mapped units, types of resource and glossary are easily searchable. Once you’ve signed up and started using it, we’d love to hear your feedback on how it’s being embedded into lessons or perhaps used as additional practice, outside the classroom, so please do get in touch with your feedback.
All the best,
The H&SC team