Encore Care Homes combats care sector staff shortages

Three-strong care home group, Encore Care Homes, has ramped up its support for employees in a bid to battle staffing shortages facing the sector.

The companyhas announced it is going to focus on its workforce following a recent report that highlighted staff shortages within the care sector.

The National Audit Office’s recent report stated that low rates of pay and workload pressures mean some care services are struggling to recruit new team members.

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In a move to buck staffing problems, Encore Care Homes offers staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.
Encore’s employees receive an hourly rate which is above the national average wage for carers, with senior healthcare assistants at Encore earning up to £9.74 an hour, depending on NVQ qualifications, and staff without a NVQ qualification earning up to £8.05 per hour.

Kavita Brown, head of people at Encore, said: “Encore prides itself on offering a range of shifts of various lengths which cover mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights. This means every employee has the freedom to choose which shifts work best for them in order to suit their lifestyle and personal commitments.”

Encore uses its own dependency algorithm which nurses regularly update in each home to ensure that staff are hired based on each resident’s needs, as opposed to the number of residents in each home.

The algorithm also allows residents to receive the right level of care and attention they require, while ensuring staff are responsible for the amount of residents which they feel comfortable caring for. The current ratio of carer to resident is 1:4.

Encore manages three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, with Great Oaks in Bournemouth being the next to open in June this year.

 

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