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.”
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Care home and domiciliary care provider, the Healthcare Homes Group, has launched a health care practitioner role which offers staff an accredited apprenticeship programme that results in them transitioning to a skilled post alongside the nursing team.
The initiative creates a development opportunity for staff who wish to expand their knowledge, plus it helps to address the nursing shortfall currently being seen in the industry.
The programme has been developed by the group’s head of learning and development, Fran Brett, in partnership with training provider, ‘Steadfast’. The training programme will be led by Steadfast for those enrolling on the 12-month course.
After six months of classroom training and individual mentoring by the group’s team of nurses, apprentices will begin operating under supervision, and by the time they are fully trained, they will be able to undertake a number of tasks to support nursing … Read More »
Three young people started integrated health and social care apprenticeships in October – the first in Devon.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council have teamed up to provide apprenticeship opportunities across both health and social care for the first time. The Trust and the Council have both offered lots of apprenticeship programmes as separate organisations but this is the first time they’ve joined up to provide apprenticeship opportunities that cover both types of care.
Gail Richards, training manager and apprentice lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said the move reflected the closer working and integration between health and social care in Devon, with teams of nurses, occupational therapists and social care workers working together to deliver care that is centred around the individual, whether they need support at home, or in a care home, or have been admitted … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2017
A Shrewsbury-based care provider has run training for staff by restricting their senses with goggles, mittens and ear plugs to help them gain a greater understanding of dementia.
The initiative was part of Morris Care’s ‘In Their Shoes’ campaign at its homes in Shropshire and Cheshire which aimed to give a different perspective on dementia for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September.
The voluntary sessions involved staff losing part of their normal senses of touch, sight and hearing – by wearing goggles, gloves and ear plugs at intervals– to simulate what it can feel like to live with dementia when trying to perform daily tasks.
An apprenticeship scheme run by care home and retirement housing charity Anchor has been rated the best in the country.
Anchor, which is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, has come tops in the Rate My Apprenticeship Award, coming-in ahead of Virgin Media, Deloitte, Land Rover and BAE Systems.
The award saw apprentices from across the UK rate their apprenticeship, basing their views on how valued they feel, the support they get on programme, development opportunities and how much they earn.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be voted the number one employer of apprentices, especially as it is our apprentices’ feedback which has got us there,” said Katie Rankin, Anchor’s qualifications & apprenticeships manager.
“We’re passionate about developing future talent, giving young people the opportunity to gain new skills and make a real difference to older people’s lives. We’re extremely … Read More »
‘Pioneers of social care’ was how Dr Claire Royston described the care professionals who attended the Best Practice conference in Birmingham on September 20.
Organised by Caring Times and sponsored by Four Seasons Health Care, the event brought together dozens of examples of forward-thinking and best practice from care homes across the country.
In her keynote address Dr Royston, who is group medical director for Four Seasons, said care homes needed to raise awareness of the many initiatives being taken to improve the lifes of elderly people and those with special needs.
“There are wonderful things happening in the sector but we don’t always shout about it,” said Dr Royston.
“It is a huge problem that many in the NHS feel that only they have the answers and that they need to tell the care sector what to do.
“We are all pioneers and it … Read More »
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn about aspects of dementia care.
The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.
The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.
The collaboration is set to continue, with team members from Sunrise of Purley having been invited to visit Buckinghamshire New University in the near future. It is hoped the continued dialogue and sharing of ideas between the two organisations will ensure the highest standards of dementia care, both in … Read More »
A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes has highlighted the good work they do and identified the key challenges they face.
Commissioned by Public Health England and undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, the survey examined the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.
One hundred and eight specialist palliative care services based in hospices, the community or hospitals were surveyed between November 2016 and January 2017. 90% of those surveyed had been providing services to care homes for 10 years or more. Just over half provided services within one Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area, while 5% covered 5 CCGs. 72% were specifically commissioned to provide palliative care support in care homes, while the other … Read More »
Dementia can result in sensory impairments, the effects of which are not alway understood by care staff. So Mark Banham and Luis Soares devised a workshop based on experiential learning which resulted in changes in practice
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HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.
Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.
The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »