Health and social care real estate consultant Christie & Co has identified June’s BREXIT vote as one of the greatest short terms shocks to the care home industry.
In its second annual state of the nation report on adult social care in the UK, Christie & Co looks at the current state of the workforce, salaries and local authority fees – and forecasts where the industry is heading in the coming five years.
The care industry is one of the UK’s biggest employers of migrant workers, both from within the EU and from the rest of the world.
Over the period from 2009 to 2015, the number of nurses joining the UK register from the European Economic Area had risen almost tenfold, while migrants from the rest of the world had increased by just three times.
Christie & Co does not speculate on how this mix might change in light of Britain’s vote to leave the EU but next year’s report could see the growth of EU immigration of nurses and carers plateau, which may cause number from the rest of the world to rise.
For more, see next month’s issue of Care Home Professional.