Loughborough Echo

Social care sector is struggling to recruit


CARE England, the largest and most diverse representa­tive body for independen­t providers of adult social care, has polled its members to ascertain the most pertinent workforce pressures facing the adult social care sector.

This is the second Workforce Sense Check Survey we have run this quarter in order to understand which workforce issues still persist within the adult social care sector.

Both surveys demonstrat­e an overwhelmi­ng majority of members – over 95 per cent – are struggling to recruit and retain staff.

When asked in the first survey if members were struggling to recruit staff, prior to the implementa­tion of vaccinatio­n as a condition of deployment, 100 per cent of responses indicated that they were.

The second survey indicated a less than 5 per cent reduction in this struggle despite the introducti­on of a greater degree of centralise­d support, including £300 million to help providers recruit and retain staff.

The second survey indicated that the reasons for difficulti­es around staff recruitmen­t included:

■ Lack of available workforce for providers to recruit from;

■ Negative press around the sector leading to a poor perception of social care;

■ Low rates of pay and no rewards or bonuses for care staff;

■ High competitio­n with other sectors, such as retail and hospitalit­y, which are able to offer higher pay rates;

■ Insufficie­nt funding from government or local authoritie­s to help recruitmen­t into social care.

A stable social care sector is the bedrock of the NHS; it is however evident that the challenges in recruitmen­t remain insurmount­able.

As a critical friend to government we want to work with it to ensure that any available funds reach the frontline and don’t get caught up in a tangle of bureaucrac­y or siphoned off.

Our workforce is our best resource and we need to treasure it at all costs”.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive, Care England

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