Skills for Care has created a comprehensive guide for adult care providers designed to help them identify, recruit, train and retain key workers in a sector facing a crippling staffing crisis.
There are estimated to be around 65,000 vacancies for nurses in care homes and hospitals in the UK. The problem is getting increasingly acute as a triple whammy of local authority funding cuts, the introduction of the National Living Wage, and ever-higher obstacles to hiring staff from overseas, hit the sector.
Skills for Care’s guide, called Finding and Keeping Workers, is an online resource that helps to indentify techniques that are working for the very best providers, and show how they can be used across the sector. “It aims to identify and share good practice from across the whole of health and social care, to support providers to deal with some of the key issues and challenges,” explains Chris Hedges, marketing officer at Skills for Care.
“We have an employer-led steering group that has helped us to identify the key challenges, and we are conducting six and 12 month evaluations this year to find out if the resource is meeting the needs of employers and how it can be developed in the future,” he adds.
Skills for Care hopes that the advice will be constantly enhanced as more employers contribute their own ideas. “We want employers to familiarise themselves with the resource and to use it as a key part of their day to day recruitment and retention practices; and suggest where there are any potential information gaps and to contribute their own examples of what is working well to help others,” Hedges urges.