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The care sector has the highest staff turnover rate of all sectors in the UK, with one in three workers leaving the sector every year, according to a new report by the Care Association Alliance.

The ‘Social Care Workforce Study’ described recruiting and retraining staff as being “challenging” in a sector where average pay for a care assistant is £350 a week - a full £200 a week lower than the UK all-jobs average.

The report also showed that, of the 1.47 million people employed in social care, 305,000 (23 per cent) are currently aged over 55. This has serious ramifications for care industry recruitment in the future.

The report, compiled with law firm Royds Withy King, estimated there would need to be around half a million new care staff within the next ten years to meet increasing demand alone.

Charles Taylor, a steering group member at the Care Association Alliance, said: “The UK has an aging population – by 2030 we will have 13.25m individuals aged over 65 – and our report sets out to explore the challenge providers face in employing staff as Brexit looms large. Our findings do not paint an encouraging picture.

“The sector needs to recruit 128,000 new members of staff every year to replace those that retire or leave, and to meet increasing demand. Increased demand alone means that in 10 years’ time the sector needs 500,000 new members of staff. In 2016, the latest data we have, the sector managed to recruit just 20,000.

Another significant factor highlighted in the report is that 80 per cent of the workforce is female. Without workforce diversification, the care sector will struggle to recruit enough staff to meet future care demands.

Mr Taylor said: “To put that into context and based on the gender demographic of today’s care workforce where 80 per cent is female. In 2017, 126,642 young women left secondary education.

“Assuming the care sector remains primarily staffed by women, it would need to recruit 102,000, or 81 per cent, of those female school leavers every year to meet demand. That is clearly not possible and illustrates the challenges the care sector faces.”

The report also made mention that 33 per cent of all nurses and 16 per cent of care assistants are foreign nationals. In London, this rose to 65 per cent of care assistants and 84 per cent of nurses.

James Sage, employment lawyer and head of Health & Social Care at Royds Withy King said: “The Government plans to severely restrict access to care staff from the EEA after Brexit, despite the current staffing crisis engulfing the care sector.

“There are no special rules for the care sector despite it being particularly reliant on European staff. To exacerbate the problem, the Government has failed to adopt a coherent strategy to address staff shortages by other means.”

The Care Association Alliance has called for the Government to rethink its post-Brexit immigration proposals in light of the significant staff shortages in the care sector.

Mr Taylor said: “The proposed visa that would allow low-skilled people into the UK for a 12-month period is simply not good enough. It would be costly for care employers to manage whilst further exacerbate staff turnover.

He advocated: “We would urge the government to introduce a social care visa which would only be available to people working in that sector. Such a model already exists for those working in the agricultural sector. If the Government cannot support the sector, care providers will be forced to close, leaving the vulnerable and elderly without sufficient care and support.”

source https://www.homecare.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1607171/staff-turnover-in-socal-care-cited-as-the-highest-of-any-sector-in-the-uk


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Care Co-ordinator - Care Services

The aim of the position is to maintain continuity of care and support to all service users and to ensure efficiency and reliability of all visits to service users by suitably trained and experienced care workers.

Involvement and Information

  • Ø  To be aware of the Company, including the structure of the organisation.

  • Ø  To know how, and where to access Company policies and procedures and relevant documentation.

  • Ø  To process any new business referrals, making visit appointments for the Registered Manager/Field Care Supervisor and sending out relevant information to privately funded service user enquiries.

  • Ø  To positively promote the service user’s right to choice and independence whilst ensuring that they are treated with the utmost respect, privacy and dignity at all times.

  • Ø  To be aware of local and national services and sources of support so that information can be provided to service users upon request.

  • Ø  To ensure that care workers receive their weekly rotas and service users their visit schedule in a timely manner, prior to following weeks start date.


Personalised Care, Treatment and Support

  • Ø  To communicate effectively with service users, carers and other professionals.

  • Ø  To ensure that service user, personnel and electronic files are kept up to date. This includes, but is not limited to; inputting all new care and support plan documentation and maintaining accurate records of communication and visit.

  • Ø  To alert the Registered Manager to any changes to agreed service user care and support plans, as informed by the commissioner, service user or care workers.

  • Ø  To ensure that all holiday/sickness and emergency calls are documented and reassigned within a timely manner and that all parties are kept informed and regularly updated.

  • Ø  To undertake any care worker duties as required by the Registered Manager.

  • Ø  To inform care workers and service users of any planned or unplanned changes to their visits in a timely mannerat all times.

  • Ø  Carry out duties in line with safe working practices, ensuring adherence to Health and safety standards e.g. safe manual handling practices at all times.


Safeguarding and Safety

  • Ø  To understand the arrangements for ensuring that service users are safeguarded against the risk of abuse

  • Ø  To ensure that care workers are not assigned any work until all statutory recruitment checks have been completed, all training and shadowing requirements have been met, and the staff file signed off by the Registered Manager

  • Ø To be part of the “on-call” rota to ensure that emergency support is provided as and when required – emergency support is provided on a 24 hour basis.


Suitability of Staffing

  • Ø  To match appropriately skilled and experienced care workers to meet the needs of service users, taking into account personal preferences and ensuring continuity of care worker(s)

  • Ø  To ensure that care worker personnel and electronic files are kept up to date and to keep the Registered Manager informed of all upcoming document and training expiry dates for care workers.

  • Ø  To liaise with and provide support to Field Care Supervisors.

  • Ø  To attend supervision, annual appraisals and team meetings with the Registered Manager and use this to inform your Personal Development Plan.

  • Ø  To perform any other lesser or comparable duties commensurate with the nature and level of the post as and when required.


Quality and Management

  • Ø  To undertake regular telephone surveys for all service users, informing the Registered Manager of any feedback and of the actions you have taken to rectify any concerns or issues raised.

  • Ø  To prepare reports as required by the Registered Manager.

  • Ø  To ensure the Company’s Complaints Policy and Procedures are followed when dealing with any concerns or complaints raised by service users or their carers.

  • Ø  To keep legible, accurate and detailed records in line with company policy and regulatory requirements.

  • Ø  To understand and comply with both Company and legislative requirements regarding confidentiality and data protection.

  • Ø  To attend staff meetings, as required, for the dissemination of information about the service, peer support and exchange of ideas.


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25 March 2019