HCAs to the rescue

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

|Difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff are a growing concern in long term care. Marion Witton says looking at overseas models of care delivery could provide an answer.| One of the recurrent themes from our inspections over the last few months has been the shortage of staff. The position regarding trained nurses throughout the country is well documented but it is not only the shortfall of of registered nurses which is causing concern. There has always been a turnover of care staff, irrespective of whether they are experienced or not. One problem appears to be in the time lapse between interviewing and obtaining clearances and references, during which time these potential staff find similarly-paid or better-paid positions elsewhere. The Care Standards Act will require, quite rightly, home managers to tighten-up their recruitment procedures further to stop unsuitable people from being near vulnerable people. Somehow the balance between carrying out checks and keeping potential staff interested in the me

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