A Brexit labour shortage, fewer nurses entering the profession and an ageing population are threatening to bring the care home sector to a stand-still, a recruitment specialist has warned.
Samantha Edmondson, Senior Nursing Consultant at Clayton Recruitment, said the pending crisis had been compounded by recent analysis revealing that 71,000 care home places will be needed in the next eight years in England (see Extra 71,000 care home beds needed by 2025).
“The care system has long suffered from a talent deficit – the simple fact is that there are not enough nurses to cope with demand,” Samantha said.
“And time after time the Government has been called on to put adequate measures in place which focus on getting the right skills into the profession – and crucially, keeping them.
“Despite this, however, little has been done and we are now faced with a system that is at breaking point.”
The senior consultant highlighted recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reveal that net migration fell from 81,000 to 246,000 in the year to March 2017, suggesting that Brexit may already be influencing people’s decision to migrate in and out of the UK, which could spell further trouble for a system which relies so heavily on foreign labour.
Samantha called on a renewed drive to attract people into the profession and greater efforts to keep nurses in the sector.