The event also provided a platform for the launch of two major reports, 'Social Care Matters' and 'Assessing the Economic Value of the Adult Social Care Sector'.
The social care sector touches the lives of many thousands of people across Northern Ireland and makes a significant contribution to the local economy, an estimated £821 million.
While there is much to celebrate about social care in Northern Ireland—not least the passion and dedication brought to the profession by social care workers—we must address the significant challenges that the local social care system currently faces:
- Growing demand
- Changing demographics
- Increasing acuity of needs and co-morbidity
- The adequacy of funding and the design of the care market
- The value placed on the workforce
- The position of social care within an integrated health and social care system
NISCC explored these challenges in detail at the Symposium as the first step in developing a strategy that accepts the social care workforce is an essential component in the vision for health and social care in Northern Ireland.
Pictured Above: Symposium speakers from left—Angela McGowan (Regional Director, CBI NI), Sean Holland (Chief Social Work Officer, Dept. of Health), Colum Conway (Chief Executive, NISCC), Trevor McCartney (CEO, Homecare)