Va­can­cies con­tinue to cause con­cern

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

OC­CU­PA­TIONAL ther­a­pist va­can­cies are con­tin­u­ing to cause con­cern for a Car­marthen­shire scrutiny com­mit­tee.

The coun­cil is ex­pected to over­spend on so­cial care by £760,000 in 201819 – although this was the po­si­tion at the end of Fe­bru­ary – while un­der­spend­ing on oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists by £95,000.

Coun­cil­lors on the com­mit­tee have asked for a re­port about how oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists are re­cruited by the au­thor­ity.

Coun­cil­lor Deryk Cundy de­scribed them as a key link be­tween so­cial care and hos­pi­tals.

“If we don’t get this right, we’ve got a ma­jor prob­lem,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Lou­vain Roberts said she had heard that oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists were mov­ing to work for Swansea Bay Univer­sity Health Board be­cause it paid more.

Ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for so­cial care and health, coun­cil­lor Jane Trem­lett, said she would re­port back with a po­si­tion state­ment on va­can­cies.

She said the au­thor­ity re­cruited grad­u­ate so­cial work­ers from univer­sity, en­sur­ing they had a men­tor for the first year and a “man­age­able work­load”.

A coun­cil of­fi­cer said the staff un­der­spend, in­clud­ing a small num­ber of so­cial worker va­can­cies, did not nec­es­sar­ily im­ply a wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

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