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Minister calls for care workers’ input on recruitment

May 2, 2019

England’s 1.47m adult social care workershave been asked to help shape policies aimed at ensuring they are better recognised and valued by their employers.

Care services minister Caroline Dinenage has called on the adult social care workforce for their views on employee benefits and reward schemes in the sector as part of a government drive to improve recruitment and retention.

Ministers want to know whether their employer offers any benefits or reward schemes, if this influenced their choice of job or makes them feel valued, and if there’s anything else they’d like to see being offered. Examples of schemes offered as part of an employee benefits package include:

  •  Flexible working arrangements
  •  ‘Employee of the month’ awards
  •  Cycle to work schemes
  •  Discounts on shopping, holidays, cinema, gym, dining and more

Speaking at the ADASS Spring Seminar, the Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said many adult social care providers provide outstanding packages of employee benefits, but accesibilty to these needed to be broadened.

“Our adult social care staff deserve to be recognised and feel valued for the incredible, life-changing work they do, and I know that this isn’t always the case,” said Ms Dinenage.

“I want our brilliant adult social care workforce to share examples of employee benefits and rewards schemes offered by their employers. This is their chance to have their say and help shape national policies that could benefit staff working across the sector.”

Julie Ogley, the new president of tha Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said people who worked in adult social care were highly skilled, valued and committed, but unfortunately did not always get the recognition and rewards they deserve.

“Every minute of every day, social care workers make an essential difference to all of those in our communities who need care and support, transforming their lives,” said Ms Ogley.

“Social care staff deserve to be rewarded fairly for the work they do, which needs to be part of a long-term sustainable funding solution for the sector as a whole.”

The workforce have been asked to feed in their views throughout May via Talk Health and Care, the first engagement platform of its kind where NHS and social care staff can feed ideas directly back to ministers and government, to better inform policy-making. This follows the Every Day is Different national adult social care recruitment campaign launched in February to raise the image and profile of the sector.

  • To share your ideas on employee benefits and reward schemes, go to https://dhscworkforce.crowdicity.com or get involved in the conversation using the hashtag #TalkHealthandCare.
Caroline Dinenage

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