Tag: Staffing


Shortage of male care workers attributed to gender stereotyping

Posted on May 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Shortage of male care workers attributed to gender stereotyping

Men are hugely outnumbered by women in the social care sector, says social care recruitment specialists Cohesion who analysed their own data covering 27,000 job applications within the sector.

Currently, 82.2% of people employed in the social care sector are women. While Cohesion found that 40% of job applicants were male and 60% of applicants were female, male applicants needed more support throughout the interview process.

“Our data shows that men have a disproportionately higher drop-out rate during the application and interview stage,” said Cohesion chief executive Will Shepherd.

“I believe that social care organisations could also do a lot more to simplify the application process by introducing shorter and ‘mobile-friendly’ forms which would also appeal to a younger audience. I also believe that the introduction of more ‘values-based interviews’ could support men more, instead of basing interviews purely on previous experience and … Read More »


EU nurses cite Brexit as top reason for leaving register

Posted on May 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on EU nurses cite Brexit as top reason for leaving register

New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have shown a significant rise in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 3,962 people left – an increase of 29%.

There continues to be a dramatic drop in those joining the register from the EU. Over the same period 805 EU nurses and midwives joined the register compared with 6,382 the year before – a drop of 87%.

Following a period of sustained decline the number of UK trained nurses and midwives registered to work appears to be stabilising. Those joining the register for the first time is at its highest level for four years while 4,034 fewer people left the register.

The number of nurses and midwives joining the register from outside the EU has also risen for the fourth consecutive year with … Read More »


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 »



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