Care

See what the ESB is doing to solve the skills challenges faced by the care sector in Essex.

John Niland

Care Sector Lead | Provide Care

John is the Chief Executive of Provide a community interest company responsible for delivering a broad range of health and social care services in the south east of England, a company he created and led out of the NHS in 2011. He has significant experience of working in public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. John is a hugely successful and well-respected business and social entrepreneur, he is passionate about social business and supports the wider industry by sharing knowledge of best practice. 

John wants to create the conditions within the Essex economy to raise the profile of caring and encourage people of all ages to see caring as a worthwhile profession which offers an abundance of rewards. His track-record has earned him a prestigious national award, and the organisation he leads continues to set new standards in efficiency and quality. In 2014 John was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for the social enterprise category. In 2015, John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Health Science by Anglia Ruskin University and in 2017 the University of Essex awarded John an Honorary Professorship for business.

Apprenticeships at TLC Care Homes

Find out what TLC Care Homes are doing to boost skills in the care sector, and how they have benefitted from apprenticeships in this SELEP-funded video.

Apprenticeships at TLC Care Homes

Find out what TLC Care Homes are doing to boost skills in the care sector, and how they have benefitted from apprenticeships in this SELEP-funded video.

Care

The care sector has been an increasing priority for the ESB since our inception in 2014. This sector is facing a critical demand of more skilled workers to support our Essex residents. We have been working closely with the industry across Essex, as well as our training providers, to help address the skills challenges in the care sector.

Key Stats

This sector employs more than 31,000 people in over 1,300 companies in Essex.

Essex Employers include: Aldanat Care, Care UK Health and Social Care, Essex County Council, Forest Homecare Ltd., National Health Service, Interserve Healthcare, Orchard Care Homes, Runwood Homes Limited.

The local authority areas with the largest clusters of enterprises are Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Tendring.

Challenges

The sector has a number of skills challenges which include:

  • There are around 36,000 over-85s in Essex and this figure will more than double in the next twenty years.
  • Demographic changes will result in challenges occurring within the care industry; it is forecast that there will be a 7% population increase by the year 2022
  • Legislation will also contribute to a change in the Care sector; for example, the Care Act 2014.

Care Sector Action Group

What is it?

The sector action group is made up of employers and other stakeholders who want to make a positive contribution to addressing the skills challenges within the sector. The group works together to identify and develop industry-led solutions to the skills challenges within the sector.

What is it doing?

The sector action group has highlighted the importance of building a pipeline of skilled workers to enter the sector. As a result, the group worked with the health sector to develop and deliver a Health and Care Apprenticeship scheme in Essex.

Get involved?

We need employers to help us tackle the skills challenges in Essex. Can you help?

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