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Nursing home offers free holiday before new nursing staff start work

Posted on April 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nursing home offers free holiday before new nursing staff start work

A nursing home in Scarborough is offering new nurse recruits a free holiday in the sun before they start work as it looks to find staff during a national shortage of nursing staff.

Saint Cecilia’s is offering the holiday plus a car, a £31,000 a year salary and other benefits in its welcome package for new registered nurses.

Managing director Mike Padgham said recruiting good nursing staff the hardest it had been in living memory and employers had to ‘go the extra mile’ to attract good applicants.

“At Saint Cecilia’s we think we have come up with a very enticing package,” said Mr Padgham.

“It can be a stressful job and so we decided to offer our new nursing staff a free holiday in the sun before they start work, as part of our recruitment package. We are looking to provide a holiday for … Read More »


Care England calls for parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce

Posted on April 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England calls for parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce

Provider representative body Care England has submitted a response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation. The underlying theme of the submission is that the development offer to the social care workforce should be proportionate to its contribution to individuals and society in general in equal measures to that afforded to NHS staff.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that currently, the Government spent on average £3,615 on each NHS employee per year on staff development compared with only £16 on each social care employee per year.

“We need a level playing field,” said Prof. Green.

Care England has repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce and says one mechanism to do this is to bring together Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body.

In … Read More »


Sector must improve care workers’ status, says healthcare insurer

Posted on April 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sector must improve care workers’ status, says healthcare insurer

Private healthcare insurer Simplyhealth says improving the status of care work and providing greater support to informal or unpaid carers could help fund a sustainable health and social care system.

Statistics quoted by the company suggest that almost half (45%) of UK adults believe improving working conditions for the nation’s care workers would help reform the sector, while 43% of people would like to see more support given to informal or unpaid carers, such as simplifying the Carer’s Allowance process, to help fund a sustainable system.

The latest figures follow a report from the National Audit Office published February, criticising the Department of Health & Social Care for not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce, adding that care providers struggle to recruit and retain workers.

The Government has said it will launch a Green Paper consultation later this year on … Read More »


Encore responds to NAO report on social care workforce

Posted on February 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Encore responds to NAO report on social care workforce

Encore Care Homes, who manage three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, have responded to a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the social care workforce, pointing out that Encore at least is one provider who can demonstrate how much it values its staff.

The NAO report said low rates of pay and workload pressures meant some care services were struggling to recruit new team members but Encore says it offers staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.

Encore’s employees receive an hourly rate which is above the national average wage for care workers. Senior healthcare assistants at Encore can earn up to £9.74 an hour depending on NVQ qualifications.

Staff with no NVQ qualification can earn up to £8.05 per hour, which is over the national minimum wage.

“Encore prides … Read More »


Social care workforce has been neglected, says National Audit Office

Posted on February 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care workforce has been neglected, says National Audit Office

The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.

The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.

“While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health,” said the NAO report.

“In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector.”

There are around 1.34 million … Read More »


Adult social care workforce consultation opens

Posted on February 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adult social care workforce consultation opens

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.

Those with an interest in social care are encouraged to share their views on what could be done to address a number of challenges facing the adult social care workforce. This includes:

how to attract and recruit workers;
how to improve retention;
how to improve professional development;
how to consider the role of regulation and;
how to ensure effective workforce planning.

Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage said responses from the consultation would feed into a joint health and social care workforce strategy this summer and will inform the upcoming adult social care Green Paper on care and support.

“The social care workforce is the backbone of the care sector and is … Read More »


Care England granted right to intervene in Court of Appeal sleep-in shift case

Posted on February 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England granted right to intervene in Court of Appeal sleep-in shift case

Provider representative body Care England has won the right to intervene in the Court of Appeal’s sleep-in-shift case – with the hope of solving the impending £400m financial crisis for care providers, mainly those who provide specialist care.

With the hearing set for 20-21 March this year, law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors are acting for Care England, with the body given the opportunity to pursue new arguments not yet considered in the Royal Mencap Society vs Tomlinson-Blake Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case to date.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, if the existing decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal were upheld, it would be a watershed moment for the sector, with profound affects for the viability of residential domiciliary and supported care which supports 1.2m vulnerable people across the country.

“I cannot stress the magnitude of this opportunity for our … Read More »


Survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay on social care

Posted on February 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay on social care

Care providers are being urged to participate in the national survey commissioned by the Solve Sleep-Ins Alliance (#SolveSleepIns), a group of organisations that represent providers delivering overnight support shifts. The alliance is formed of the Association for Real Change, Care England, Learning Disability England, Learning Disability Voices and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).

The alliance says a full independent, accurate analysis of the impact of the bill for sleep-in back pay on social care is urgently needed.

The survey, accessible via www.sleepinsurvey.org.uk will close at midnight on Monday 5 March 2018. Data will not be shared across organisations and only aggregated data will be reported in our policy influencing and campaigning activities.

Changes to government guidance mean that sleep-in staff who previously earned around £30 per shift must be paid minimum wage, with providers liable for six years’ worth of back pay … Read More »


Cavendish Coalition calls for more detail on rules for EU workers

Posted on February 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cavendish Coalition calls for more detail on rules for EU workers

Responding to the Home Affairs Committee’s immigration report, the Cavendish Coalition,a group of 37 health and social care organisations that has come together to ensure that the health and social care system can continue to meet its staffing needs following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, has called for more detail.

Cavendish Coalition co-convenor Nadra Ahmed said the report highlighted the huge challenges faced by UK employers in securing their current and future workforce during a period of great uncertainty.

“The health and social care system remains under intolerable pressure and we simply cannot afford to lose the talented EU staff we currently employ,” said Mrs Ahmed.

“Faced with shortages of key staff and skills which cannot be met domestically, it’s imperative we do not continue to see fewer colleagues choosing the UK. We welcomed the December confirmation that the rights of … Read More »


Czajka trains staff to cope with stress

Posted on January 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Czajka trains staff to cope with stress

Bradford based Czajka Care Group has become one of the UK’s first care operators to take a proactive stance on dealing with workplace stress by incorporating dedicated training into the induction programmes of all its new employees.

Following the success of a pilot scheme, the company now plans to offer the training to its entire team who work across its five care homes in West Yorkshire. All new starters at Czajka Care Group participate in a minimum four-day induction programme at the firm’s training centre, located next to its Bradford headquarters.

The specialist ‘stress buster training course’ is provided by My Wellbeing College, which is part of Bradford District Care Foundation Trust. It focuses on recognising signs of stress, staying calm and focused in uncertain situations, and it looks at how good organisational skills can reduce stressful situations.

Konrad Czajka, managing director of … Read More »



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