Welsh minister praises social care workforce

Welsh deputy minister for social services Julie Morgan has praised the social care workforce at the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru national conference.

Speaking at the conference, she said: "It’s hard to find the words to do justice to the complete commitment social care staff across Wales show to the people they work with, in order to help them live the best possible life.

"I’m so impressed with the respect that people are treated with by our social care teams.

"You’ve really got to care, to do what our social care workforce do.

"The very best of the sector shone through during the most difficult phases of the COVID pandemic.

"I will never grow weary of thanking everyone in the social care sector who worked tirelessly through that period for everything they did. Amongst the tragic loss of life, the outcomes would have been worse for many people were it not for their enduring commitment, collaboration and expertise."

The Welsh Government held a consultation over the summer on ‘Rebalancing Care and Support’ as part of work to strengthen social care arrangements at a national level.

An Expert Panel was set up in November to explore the establishment of a National Care Service published their recommendations, marking a key commitment in the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.

The government intends to publish an implementation plan later this year, which will set out how recommendations from the panel will be taken forward.

Morgan added: "Wales already has the largest proportion of older population in the UK, with more than one in five people aged 65 or over, and that proportion is only going to get bigger.

"With more adults of all ages needing care and support to maintain their independence, and increased challenges in supporting the wellbeing of children, we need to radically rethink how we care for our older population if we are to have a system that is fit for the future."