HC Deb 03 April 2000 vol 347 c347W
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Training Organisation for Personal Social Services has to incorporate volunteers and their management into the training strategy. [116445]

Mr. Hutton

The training strategy set out to identify how a fully skilled and qualified workforce could be obtained to meet the future requirements for modernised social care. This included determining the qualifications needed to meet appropriate care standards, the career pathways to promote life-long learning, and the recruitment strategies to ensure an adequate supply of suitable people. The strategy has considered the skills needed to manage social care teams, including the use of volunteers.