Care home providers are facing a “workforce iceberg” due to immigration controls, mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and burn out, a leader has warned.
The stark warning was issued yesterday by Amanda Scott, CEO of Forest Healthcare, during a panel session at the Future of Care Conference at The King’s Fund in London.
Amanda (pictured) said: “There is a potential workforce iceberg coming towards us. We have got some real challenges in front of us.”
The Forest Healthcare head said care home providers were under growing workforce pressure due to the enactment of the EU Settlement Scheme, workforce burn out from COVID and the government’s announcement of mandatory vaccination for care home staff.
Amanda said it was “really regrettable” that the right to choose to be vaccinated had been taken away from care home staff arguing that a “change of narrative” with a focus on enabling and engaging with people was needed.
Dr Ben Maruthappu, chief executive of Cera Care, added: “It is quite heavy handed to force people to be vaccinated,” while Hallmark Care Homes chairman, Avnish Goyal, said singling out care home workers for vaccination was a “kick in the teeth” for the sector.
“We are going to see a big impact in social care as occupancy drives upwards,” Avnish added.
“There should be a level playing field with the NHS.”