Victoria Syvelster of Acacia Training on setting higher standards in social work

There’s no doubt that the social care sector needs a major overhaul. But until society stops seeing care work as a second-rate profession, we will never solve the biggest issue – the workforce crisis, says Victoria Sylvester, Director of Acacia Training.

Earlier this year, MPs called for a radical overhaul of the social care system in Britain. Recommendations included the mandatory registration of all care workers, overseen by a governing council, and the creation of a National Care Service.

The proposals, published in a new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care were long-awaited after months of headlines about the ‘chaos of the care system’. Reports of half a million unqualified and untrained people working in the care sector shocked the nation, with many fearing for the safety of their elderly relatives and neighbours.

social care - a woman holds an elderly man's hand

Social Care Alba, a leading care and support provider in Edinburgh, has announced a steep decline (62%) in the number of millennial candidates – aged between 18-25 – applying for roles in domiciliary care.

Statistics verified by Novacare, have shown that for the same quarter (April – June) in 2018, 40% of all applications made were by millennials, however in 2019 this has dropped to just 15%. 

Brexit will affect recruitment in care

Novacare, the leading service and solution provider for the care industry, has launched a project to support the care industry with the recruitment and retention of staff in preparation for Brexit and the festive season.

The overall aim of the project, which has been approved for funding through Scottish Enterprise, is to identify and address workforce issues in light of the ever-changing EU/Brexit environment.

The consulting program has been built specifically for the social care sector as a direct response to industry demand as research showed that 80% of care companies are concerned about how Britain’s exit from the EU (Brexit) will affect their workforce. 100% of those who raised this concern agreed that consulting for recruitment and retention would help them to mitigate some of the risks of Brexit.

Stephen Wilson, left, CEO and Co-Founder of recruitment platform Novacare, discusses how Brexit will add to an already critical situation within the social care sector

Stephen Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder of recruitment platform Novacare, discusses how Brexit will add to an already critical situation within the social care sector – and why women should be better recognised for their role within the care industry.

The Office for National Statistics reports female unemployment fell this year to 3.7% the lowest since records began in 1971. Unsurprising when women account for the vast majority of the 1.75 million people who work in Social Care across the UK.

Social care sector urged to back recruitment campaign - nurse with elderly lady

A recruitment campaign run by the Department of Health and Social Care is due to launch in a second phase after an overwhelming response from applicants earlier this year.

People working in the adult social care sector are being urged by the Minister for Care to back the campaign – the first phase of which generated a 14% uplift in clicks on the 'apply' button for care roles on DWP Find a Job.


Youngsters can fill the staff storage gap in the care industry

A study conducted last year revealed that the level of vacant roles and turnover rates within the care sector are the highest they’ve ever been. One of the main factors for this is the ageing population – more people are reaching ages 85+ and are suffering from more complex health issues. The higher levels of dependability means the need for social care services is intensifying and there isn’t a large enough workforce to meet this demand.

The population of people aged over 65 is forecast to increase by 40% by 2035 and as a result, an additional 650,000 jobs will be required to meet this demand. Almost a quarter (24%) of the current workforce are aged over 55 - meaning that they are likely to retire within the next 10 years - a harsh reality that is putting more pressure on staff shortages. So why not target and utilise a younger generation?

Sally Boyle on flexible training for nurses

Sally Boyle, Head of School in the Faculty of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University, discusses recruiting and retaining more nurses through flexible training…

The UK needs more nurses; this is a simple fact. Despite the number of nurses on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register increasing by 20,000 over the past five years, there are still 11,000 advertised vacancies for full-time nurses in the NHS in England - and while healthcare providers are understaffed, patient care is at risk.

Uncertainty around nurses' right to remain post-Brexit has seen new registrations from the EU fall from more than 10,000 in 2015/16 to just 800 in in the year 2017/18*, so it is essential we look to cultivate a more sustainable pipeline of nursing talent both within the UK itself as well as from wider sources of international recruitment.

Colin Stevenson of Notable Change, on reducing staff turnover in the care industry

Colin Stevenson, the founder of Notable Change International recruitment and consultancy services, discusses the need for selecting the right candidate through an effective screening process to make the much-needed changes in the care industry…

Currently the care industry as a whole has an extremely high turnover of staff, especially true for the businesses employing care workers.

The usual recruitment process at the moment is: advertise for the role, sift through CVs, carry out credentials and qualifications checks or a reference check, interview, possibly offer a second interview, then a job offer.

healthcare jobs - two workers look at a screen

Within its ‘Fair Care: A workforce strategy for social care’ report, the Institute for Public Policy and Research has warned that a shortfall of almost 400,000 social care staff could be created in England alone by 2028 as a result of low pay in healthcare jobs and the effects of the UK leaving the European Union.  

We’ve teamed up with Acorn Stairlifts, an award-winning stairlift provider, to highlight that despite the uncertainty, there are many opportunities available for focusing your career around the care industry. Here are five healthcare job roles you could consider…

The search for nurses

The search for nurses is on. The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are looking for enthusiastic Band 5 nurses to work in Medicine for Older People across two separate city hospital sites.

Care Home Support and Training

At Care Home Support and Training we work with Managers, Nominated Individuals and Providers to meet and exceed the regulatory requirements.

Expectations on social care services mean that Managers and Providers can sometimes feel overwhelmed with what appears to be increasing demands and ever changing requirements.  Care Home Support and Training work with you, offering professional support and expertise to find creative solutions to your challenges and problems.

We have a small team, with over 45 years of experience in health and social care. We offer a personalised service, specific to your needs, whether that is training in the fundamental standards, how to improve your CQC rating, streamlining documentation or policies …. or any care home challenges that you may face.

Y/Our Future Recruitment Social Care Workers

Y/Our Future is a new recruitment campaign launched today that unites five major health and social care employers - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, LOROS Hospice, Rutland County Council and Leicester City Council - in a bid to recruit doctors, nurses and health and social care workers to work in hospitals, hospices and in communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Together, the partners have a 38,000-strong workforce.

Y/Our Future aims to promote Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as a leading career destination for health and social care professionals, with great career and lifestyle opportunities. 

While each of the partners has individual recruitment needs, by joining forces their vision is for recruitment to be more effective and affordable. The initiative also creates an attractive opportunity for recruits to build their careers across the partner organisations and for the partners to deliver more joined-up services to local people.

Michael Johnson-Ellis of Healthier Recruitment on career progression for nurses

Michael Johnson-Ellis, one of the managing directors of Healthier Recruitment – an agency that fills vacancies for NHS, private and third sector healthcare organisations with permanent staff only – discusses career development…

With services under pressure, tighter budgets and a lack of staff and resources, many nurses and carers report feeling stunted with regard to professional development. However, there are a number of things you can do to progress your career regardless of the external situation.

Royal Alfred's Anne Kasey on social care training

Anne Kasey, Home Manager and Clinical Lead for maritime charity, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, discusses the importance of investing in training in the social care sector and how it benefits residents…

It doesn’t matter which sector one operates in – having the right staff for the job is paramount to the success of any business. In the social care industry, this is more important than anywhere as staff are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of residents and have a duty of care to fulfil.