It’s no secret that staff recruitment and retention is one of the care sector’s greatest challenges. Social care recruitment is a complex topic with a number of variables contributing to the crisis. It’s thought that by 2037, there will be an extra 1 million jobs to fill in the sector. We spoke with Neil Eastwood, author of Amazon bestseller ‘Saving Social Care’, to find out why recruitment is such a challenge for the industry and how care homes can overcome it by finding and retaining great care staff.
In its latest State of Care report, the CQC highlights the fragmented nature of health and social care integration across the country.
If you work in social care, it is highly likely that you work long, anti-social hours and that any spare time that you have is precious. Why would you want to invest your rare and valuable time at social care trade shows which only seems to have the potential to add to your workload?
The world is constantly moving forward and everyLIFE is no different. We work to evolve our product because it ensures that we can provide a system that has the ability to fulfil consumer needs into the future. Digital care can only advance and we are delighted to be at the heart of the action. In the name of progress, we’d like to share with you a bit of a timeline of our platform’s progression over the years.
When trawling through CQC inspection reports of care services in trouble, a common theme that crops up time and time again is medicines management and administration.
In this blog post we wanted to focus on the monthly audit. This is something that is not looked upon favourably by care managers in home care companies. Unfortunately, it’s an unavoidable process that care companies need to go through to make sure that the care being delivered is safe, compliant and being carried out in accordance with how the customer is progressing under the care company.
Working in care requires extraordinary amounts of mental and emotional strength and resilience, something that is often underestimated outside and, on occasions, even within the care sector.
I’ve recently spoken with a number of larger care providers who had not even considered the impact of digital care planning upon their exposure in terms of litigation and, therefore, their insurance premiums. As this is such a key driver for going digital, it seemed timely to summarise the two key points here.
For decades, the UK’s domiciliary care sector could only measure the delivery of care upon the basis of quantity. Despite the wholly personal nature of the service; time and task was literally the only metric that could be applied to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of a team, a business or a contracted provider.
Starting a new care business should be an adventure and there will, no doubt, be challenging but familiar roads along the way, doing things where your previous experience has provided the expertise to do them better than the competition; designing person centred care packages; working with the CQC on registration and compliance; recruiting skilled and experienced care managers and care assistants; and delivering excellent care.