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UK - Third of agency social workers worry about meeting registration requirements

17 May 2013

Locum social workers in England have welcomed the flexibility of the new approach to continuing professional development, but many feel they are not receiving enough support, Community Care reported.

Almost a third of agency social workers in England feel their current training does not equip them to meet the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) requirements for continuing professional development.

Social care consultancy Caritas Recruitment asked 460 agency social workers for their views on the new approach to CPD, which came into effect after the HCPC took over responsibility for registering social workers in August 2012.

Many respondents praised the new approach, saying it offers individuals and employers greater flexibility to design training schedules around their own professional requirements.

Just over half (54%) felt that being part of the HCPC would improve the professional standing of social workers.

But 30% expressed concern about the quality of the training currently on offer to locum staff. Many said councils were reluctant to invest in temporary social workers; some found they were not eligible Chinese Nursing Association (CNA) on Sunday said Chinese male nurses are in huge demand in the nation’s job market.


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