Other Upcoming Events

UK Dementia Congress 2018

06 Nov 2018


Caring Times Christmas Lunch

13 Dec 2018

The Dorchester park lane, London

Caring Talks

01 Mar 2018

Savills HQ, Marylebone, London

10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

19 Apr 2018

Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh

Best Practice in the Care Home Sector

20 Jun 2018

MAC arts complex and theatre in Birmingham

Young Dementia Annual Conference

20 Sep 2018

The Studio, Birmingham

Annual Care Conference for Wales

04 Oct 2018

Cardiff City Stadium



It is generally accepted that the challenges presented by recruitment and staff retention in the care home sector are the greatest the sector has to face. Caring Times and sister publication, the Journal of Dementia Care, are responding to this challenge by developing and growing this specialised section focused on these challenges.

The topics are grouped under the headings ‘Career Advice, Training, Success Stories and Recruitment Blog’ as shown in the Drop-Down Menu. We will also be linking up with www.DementiaJobs.org , a website dedicated to promoting and assisting dementia care recruitment, when it launches later in 2018.

You are very welcome to contact richard@hawkerpublications.com if you would like to contribute to this Recruitment section. We actively welcome positive stories about the care home sector and what rewarding work it offers.

Recruitment challenges

A new report, “Adult Social Care 2018: Funding, Staffing and the Winter Crisis” has highlighted the challenges faced by the care home sector in 2018. These challenges include:

  • An estimated shortfall of 17,000 nurses in the UK
  • Uncertainty around Brexit saw a 35% reduction in new EU nurse registrations with a 23 % increase in de-registrations
  • Following the abolition of bursaries for nursing students, applications to nursing and midwifery courses fell by 23%
  • A steady decline in District and Community nurses continues
  • Agency usage and average staff costs are now at 59.9% of revenue

Other recent developments include:

  • A Living Wage increase
  • A new pay deal for NHS nurses worth  about 6.5% over three years
  • An easing of immigration rules for overseas doctors and nurses
  • Nurse Degree Apprenticeships is a promising new initiative.

For full details of the report, compiled by Christie & Co, please click the link below

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