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.
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
We warmly welcome contribute to this new Recruitment Section and are actively seeking positive stories about the care home sector and what rewarding work it offers.