Conference report: the staffing challenge

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

With annual staff turnover rates approaching 1 in 4 for the care home sector, it was not surprising that the conference Addressing Workforce Challenges in the Care Home Sector, held at CareExpo, was a lively and informative event. Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee kicked off, recounting details of her time as a care assistant, which she recently recorded in her book Hard Work. Her solution to the recruitment problem, perhaps unsurprisingly, was better pay for staff, but she did have the grace to say this would have to be funded by the Government. Mike Wardle of the General Social Care Council reminded us that the GSCC Register is on the way and that care staff may need to be registering by April 2005. The staff recruitment challenges faced by the sector were raised by independent consultant, Melanie Henwood while Peter Buckle of Westminster Health Care provided plenty of practical ideas on how individual providers could overcome the problem of recruiting and retaining staff. The “legal perspective” is a vital

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