Care homes are an essential workforce that is helping to sustain the United Kingdom’s ageing population. Over the next 25 years, the number of elderly people over the age of 85 is projected to double to 2.6 million*. The volume of care homes and its subsequent care workforce will have to increase to meet with the growing demand.

The tremendous efforts of the care home industry have helped tackle the developing situation as they continue to grow to meet the ever increasing demands every year. The workforce development and planning body for adult social care – Skills for Care outlined in their latest ‘State of Adult Social Care’ report that between 2020 and 2021 alone the number of adult social care jobs have increased by 2.8% (45,000 jobs). This trend is applying pressure on the current care home infrastructure and is currently being addressed with further funding by the care home governing bodies.

Graphic from ‘The State of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England 2021‘ Report.

Next steps in developing the workforce


It has been proven that retaining the current workforce with upskilling and training courses is essential to sustaining existing and attracting new ambitious individuals to the care home industry. Care home team members with clear and structured development structures will be inclined progress and develop their skillset. Further training motivates and provides crucial job satisfaction, pathing the way for overall workforce development.

Management setting example

Developing leadership roles within care homes can be valuable for many reasons. Highly skilled, and experienced managers attract ambitious candidates. Management with correct communication and leadership training can lead newer team members into a resilient work ethic. Adequate leadership in an organisation can boost morale and productivity of all team members, creating a structure to sustain current care home team members and ready the environment for future expansion as United Kingdom’s population continues to age.

Investing for the the future

Many care homes see team training as an investment to personalised career development. It has been evidenced many times that offering career progression as a workplace standard, demonstrates the value that employers see in their team. Valued organisation members that feel appreciated and secure in their workplace are likely to retain their position and to continue developing the surrounding infrastructure.

Coaching plays a critical part in the development of team leader, individuals who receive coaching benefited from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. If you would like to find out more information about the training and the apprenticeship opportunities for care home organisations, speak to the Richmond team. We are here to help. 

*Data acquired from: Our ageing population: how ageing affects health and care need in England

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