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Brunel professor selected to drive up standards of social care in England

Brunel Professor Peter Beresford OBE has been selected to sit on the Board of Skills for Care, a national strategic body for workforce development in adult social care.

The 15-member board, comprising the country’s leading academics and employers in the sector, will guide Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy of Social Care to set standards for social care services in England.

Prof Beresford, professor of social policy and director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University London, said: “It’s an honour to be involved in such an important body, ensuring that the 1.5 million social care workers in this country have the skills, knowledge and support they need.

“I look forward to working with the board to fully support employers during a time of great change in adult social care provision.”

The board will be chaired by Dame Moira Gibb DBE, a non-executive director of NHS England and former Social Work Task Force Chair for the Labour Party. She was also the Chair of the subsequent Social Work Reform Board, of which Prof Beresford was also a member.

Current Skills for Care Chair, Professor David Croisdale-Appleby, who steps down in November after two terms in office, said: “The new board has a wide range of sector based experience and more than two thirds of its members are employers. I want to place on the record my sincere appreciation of the quality of the work each and every one of our board members has put in to the success of Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy.”