Healthier working lives for the care workforce

Developing careers. Promoting wellbeing.

Scottish Care is delighted to be working with Healthier Working Lives (HWL) programme (funded by the Innovate UK). This programme assesses the challenges and opportunities for the over 50’s care workforce and is led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

The team is acting to tackle a crisis facing care workers and organisations. The adult social care sector is at a tipping point. A recurring set of issues have been rendered more intense by COVID and Brexit regulations. Demoralised experienced professionals are leaving in droves, many employees are chronically underpaid and business models are broken.

The crisis is reflected in unusually high levels of workforce turnover and vacancy rates. Many service provider owners and managers are struggling to maintain care quality levels with limited resources and increasing costs.


  • To identify ways to promote healthier working lives and ageing for older care workers – developing their careers, enhancing user continuity and promoting everyone’s wellbeing.
  • To transform aspects of the care sector workforce experience and culture – making their services more agile, innovative and accessible.
  • To attract and encourage professional, respected and confident workers and improve workforce planning and support.

Find out more about the programme and how you can contribute here.

Last Updated on 23rd February 2022 by Shanice