Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has published its fourth annual report on adult social care.
The report highlights the sector’s continued funding and staffing challenges, as well as the causes and impacts of winter 2017/18 which saw unprecedented levels of pressure on NHS hospital trusts, with 24 trusts reporting a ‘Code Black’ state across the UK.
The report, ‘Adult Social Care 2018: Funding, Staffing and the Winter Crisis’, also presents data gathered from surveys of local authorities and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK, particularly looking at the use of agency staff, costs and fees, and how the Government’s additional funding has been used.
The 2018 report outlines the continued challenges the sector faces in both recruiting and retaining trained staff. Whilst the removal of the cap on Tier 2 visas for overseas nurses … Read More »
Following the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake Court of Appeal judgement on sleep-in payments, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and wider sector bodies, have called on government to make a decision and to be clear about what changes it is proposing ahead of wider consultation.
VODG says the latest communication from HMRC, which VODG understands is reaching a large number of social care providers, is adding confusion and raising more unanswered questions. A HRMC communication seen by VODG includes the following points:
“HMRC have decided that it is appropriate to continue to operate the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) allowing participating employers to complete a self-review, taking the judgement into consideration, and make a declaration to HMRC. All original timeframes and requirements of the scheme remain in place;
Employers must complete their self-review and submit their declarations to HMRC by no later … Read More »
Following last month’s decision at the Court of Appeal to overturn the sleep-in shift ruling Unison, the trade union acting on behalf of care worker Claire Tomlinson-Blake, has now lodged an official appeal to the Supreme Court.
Following the Court of Appeal ruling, specialist care providers now face a further period of uncertainty as the Supreme Court might take eight weeks or more to decide on whether to grant permission for the appeal to be heard.
The Court of Appeal ruling meant the £400m allegedly owed to care workers who had been deemed to be underpaid for overnight shifts is no longer considered to be due under current legislation – a decision that could now be under threat if leave to appeal is granted and the case is considered by the Supreme Court.
Matthew Wort, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said Unison’s appeal … Read More »
On Friday 13th July, five of the Countrywide team took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their chosen charity; The Care Workers Charity.
The charity raises funds to support care workers in financial hardship. As one of their dedicated sponsors, Countrywide Healthcare relished the opportunity to take on such a difficult challenge to help raise money and awareness for their cause.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge which includes Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside is 24 miles and 5,200ft of ascent, which is no easy task. The British weather made things even more difficult as it rained for the duration of the challenge. From misty peak to peak, the views over the Yorkshire Dales were still spectacular. With the support of each other and fellow walkers, the team made it to the finish line. Overall, the event has so far … Read More »
Court of Appeal tells care providers that ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not subject to the National Minimum Wage
Last week, the Court of Appeal delivered specialist care providers a life line, saying that they do not have to pay staff the National Minimum Wage when working ‘sleep-in’ shifts.
The decision lifts an estimated £400m burden from care providers that would have pushed many into insolvency.
James Sage, head of the social care team at Royds Withy King who specialise in advising care providers in England and Wales, said the court’s decision reversed an earlier decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal that found that sleep-in shifts in a care setting were working time for the purposes of national minimum wage laws.
“It is very welcome news for care providers and was a crucial outcome for the sector,” said Mr Sage.
“But it is possible that the decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court, which will continue the uncertainty and anxiety felt by … Read More »
A care quality manager who started her career with Mears on their graduate management programme has been
appointed to the board of directors.
In June, Amanda Hillerby was confirmed as the company’s first employee director: a post which aims to ensure that the interests of the staff who make up the business’ 12000-strong workforce are represented at the very highest level.
Mears, a major provider of care and housing services, is one of only a handful of UK companies to create a position for an employee on its board and the first listed company in the care sector to do so.
Director Alan Long said that, in the 30 years Mears has been in business, the best ideas had always come from the workforce: those on the frontline who work with customers and service users every day and have the insight into what works … Read More »
Following the recent pay award for nurses in the NHS, provider representative body Care England says nurses working in independent care homes seem not to have been given the same priority by the Government: NHS providers will have the cost of the pay award paid directly via the Treasury, care homes with nursing on the other hand will not.
Care England has alerted the health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Department for Health and Social Care that the Funded Nursing Care (FNC), payable for nurse costs in nursing homes, rate for 2018/19 will not meet the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.
“In addition to pay awards, providers are having to respond to the cost of rising dependency of nursing needs of residents,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.
“Additional costs come from the shortage … Read More »
A group of influential social care organisations have written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, warning him of an impending workforce crisis and a need to improve the public perception of social care.
In a joint letter sent in mid-June, Anchor, Care England, and United for All Ages urged the Government to demonstrate it values social care and improve the perception of the sector, so as to avoid the predicted shortfall of up to 1.1m care workers by 2037.
Research commissioned by Anchor, care and housing charity for older people, shows that 78% of people say they would not like to begin a career in the adult social care sector, and 71% of parents would not encourage their children to think of it as a career worth pursuing. More than a fifth (22%) of people say the work is not valued by government, … Read More »
HC-One, the UK’s biggest care home provider, and the GMB Union came together at the House of Commons in mid-June to launch Careforce, an initiative which champions careers in care.
Devised by HC-One and GMB, Careforce has been prompted by increasing demand caused by an ageing population, low pay caused by inadequate funding arrangements and poor morale caused by relentlessly negative media coverage, which means operators are struggling to recruit and retain the people required to provide care to society’s frail elderly and other vulnerable people.
“Ensuring our residents are happy and fulfilled is our top priority at HC-One,” said the company’s chief executive Justin Hutchens, speaking at the launch.
“That is why I am so excited about celebrating our new recognition agreement with the GMB by launching the Careforce initiative and promoting the professionalisation of care work. Encouraging socially-committed and ambitious people … Read More »
Caring Times, July/August 2018
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 … Read More »