• To fully realise the Frailty ICARE Toolkit, a robust workforce infrastructure is required for people who receive care and services, for people who deliver care and services and for commissioners.
  • There are two huge challenges facing the care system today; an ageing population and a workforce resource challenge.
  • These challenges are compounded by the fact that we have capacity and capability gaps within our existing workforce that cares for older people, not least because traditionally only medicine had speciality focused training.

Skills for Health, NHS England, and Health education England are developing a core capabilities framework to support development of the workforce caring for older people living with frailty –

Enhanced Health in Care Homes (NHSE) – learning guide on ‘workforce development’ –

Fusion48 –

Resources on values based recruitment, Health Education England (2016) –

Nursing times / Care England Microsite

Resources for Older People Nurses –

Resources for Learning Disability Nurses –

Care sector resources –

NHS people plan –

First Contact physiotherapist NHSE (specification) –

Specialist pharmacist –


The NENC Ageing Well Network was successful in its bid to the ICS Workforce Transformation and Sustainability Board to progress one of its workforce initiatives using a competency framework specific to the needs of older people.  The successful bid was for two Strategic Workforce Development Lead posts to support workforce developments for our ageing population using the Enhanced Care of Older People Competency Framework (EnCOP).  Pilot locations are from each of the 4  ICPs and include social care, the independent care sector and the NHS.

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