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Careworker Shortgage ? Family Carers To The Rescue ... Whilst Balancing Working With Caring ??? - Page 3 - Carers UK Forum

Careworker Shortgage ? Family Carers To The Rescue ... Whilst Balancing Working With Caring ???

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Brexit : Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens.

Theresa May has scrapped the £65 fee millions of EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure the right to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

Well ... that proposed fee didn't last long ... thankfully ... said all my immediate neighbours.

Saved a few going cap in hand pending the next zero hour contract ?
Government's £3m social care recruitment scheme set to fall flat without long-delayed reforms, experts warn.

Workers leaving due to low wages, little job progression and lack of training which proposed recruitment drive will do little to address, charities warn.

A government recruitment drive to fill more than 100,000 jobs in social care could be doomed to failure because ministers are yet to deliver reforms promised two years ago, experts have warned.

The Department of Health and Social Care has pledged around £3m for adverts and events across England in February and March aimed at highlighting the rewards of a career in social care.

While around 1.45 million people work in social care, an extra 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 to look after rising numbers of older patients, ministers said.

However, charities and care groups said that the “long overdue” recruitment drive would not be enough without fundamental changes to improve working conditions.

Labour meanwhile, said that the government had “ground down wages” for highly skilled social care staff with a decade of austerity and cuts to council budgets.

However, care minister Caroline Dinenage insisted that spreading the word that care work is “rewarding, varied and worthwhile” would help address the massive demand for staff.

But care experts pointed out that around 400,000 social care workers leave the sector every year – a turnover rate of 30.7 per cent, twice the national average.

As of February 2018, the average hourly rate for care workers in the private sector is £7.82 per hour, a penny less than the national minimum wage for over 25s.

“The recruitment crisis is a symptom, not a cause, of the ongoing funding crisis in the social care sector,” Billy Davis, policy and public affairs manager for Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Mr Davis said recognition of the need to recruit was welcome, but the charity’s Pulse Check survey of 56 care providers identified low wages as the biggest barrier to hiring and holding on to staff for 80 per cent of organisations.

It also showed that more than half of providers had to hand back unsustainable contracts last year, while two-thirds expected to do so in future.

George McNamara, director of policy and influencing at Independent Age, said “little job progression, lack of training and perceived lower status compared to similar healthcare roles” were other major issues. “Solely focusing on recruitment, without also addressing staff retention, will severely limit the impact of the campaign,” he added.

While the government promised social care reforms back in 2017, a pledged green paper has been delayed multiple times and still has not got a publication date. Meanwhile staff leave to work in better paid NHS roles or quit altogether.

Negotiations over leaving the European Union (EU) have been one of the factors delaying the reforms and Brexit is set to hit social care staffing particularly hard with one in six care roles is currently filled by overseas staff.

While EU workers - exempt from the visa cap - have filled many of these jobs, the government's pledged crackdowns on low skilled workers after Brexit could create 380,000 vacancies in the next decade, experts have said.

Labour’s shadow health minister for social care, Barbara Keeley, said launching a recruitment drive without fixing the underlying cause of staff shortages showed a “stunning lack of self-awareness” from ministers.

“Nine years of crushing cuts to councils’ funding at a time of unprecedented demand for social care has ground down the wages, terms and conditions of a high-skilled, overworked and underpaid workforce."

The warning comes as a report by the Health Foundation think-tank said staff shortages across the NHS threaten ambitions of the health service ”ten-year plan” to transform services and deliver more care away from hospital.

While the number of hospital-based doctors has continued to grow, the report shows GP numbers fell 1.6 per cent – equivalent to 450 full-time doctors – in the year to September 2018.

Similarly, numbers of nurses and health visitors working in community health services have continued their long-term decline, falling by 1.2 per cent (540 FTE staff) in the year to July 2018.

A Department fo Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our green paper, published shortly, will look at long term sustainable solutions for the adult social care system including how we can recruit and retain a valued workforce.

“In the meantime there is huge demand for more care professionals and we need to spread the word that careers in adult social care can be hugely rewarding, varied and worthwhile."

Like a volcano that's been simmering for hundreds of years ?

.... and the pressure keeps rising.

Then :

Yes , the NHS needs more nurses, but what of the shortfall of 580,000 social care staff ?

The biggest challenge by far is the projected need for more care workers by 2035 to keep pace with the ageing population.

Frantic efforts are being made to boost applications for nursing degree courses before next week’s annual Ucas deadline, following the partial U-turn just before Christmas on the scrapping of training bursaries. At a cost of more than £2bn, students are being offered new grants worth between £5,000 and £8,000 a year – although they must still pay tuition fees – in tacit recognition that the abolition of bursaries in 2016 was a big mistake.

The scramble to fill training places is central to ministers’ need to fulfil their general election promise to deliver 50,000 “more” nurses in England. And notwithstanding the linguistic and mathematical gymnastics that magically reduce that target to nearer 30,000 fresh pairs of hands, the investment is welcome.

But the commitment needs to be seen in context – not just in terms of the existing 320,000 nurses and midwives in the English NHS, nor even its 1.5 million workforce as whole,but also the 3 million people who make up the paid staff of the overall health and social care system. In that light, the biggest recruitment challenge by far is the projected need for 580,000 additional social care workers by 2035 to keep pace with the ageing population.

You may not have heard much of this, just as health and social care secretary Matt Hancock’s Christmas video tweet thanked all staff working in the NHS, but failed to mention the other half of his brief. But others, including prominent leaders of health service bodies increasingly say there can be no lasting improvement of the system unless social care is part of the story. And that doesn’t just mean finding a new way to fund care of older people while protecting property assets.

The final version of the NHS People Plan is expected early this year, setting out a five-year strategy for the health service workforce and working culture. But there will be no equivalent framework for social care and no national planning is going on. When this is raised, the explanation offered is that while the NHS is a single employer, there are 18,500 employing organisations in social care plus an estimated 75,000 disabled people who pay their own personal assistants.

The extent of the government’s contribution to addressing the social care recruitment crisis – and there are 122,000 current vacancies, let alone the 580,000 extra recruits needed – is a low-profile awareness campaign encouraging people aged 20 to 39 to consider a social care career. We have been here before, as one sector leader observes: “It’s the 15th charge of the Battle of the Somme when the previous 14 didn’t work – and it’s the same plan.”

Any meaningful workforce strategy for social care must address the sector’s endemic low pay, with a median average hourly rate of £8.10 last March and 24% of care workers on zero-hours contracts. While the newly announced rise in the adult minimum wage to £8.72 an hour from April may help, employers fear they won’t be funded for it and will have to cut jobs and non-statutory employment terms.

A strategy must also tackle exploitative working practices, especially in homecare, and create clear career paths and more opportunities for professional development. Already one in seven care workers who change jobs quit the sector for the NHS. With a shiny new NHS People Plan on the way, but an empty shelf for social care, that number will only rise.

There's an ad in our local paper, carers wanted for those with learning difficulties, "no experience required" £20,000!

Yet Social Services refuse to pay family carers.
Why so many EU citizens aren’t applying to stay in Britain.

More than a million European nationals are yet to apply for settled status but, writes May Bulman, it is not quite as simple as filling out a form.

https://www.independent.co.uk/independe ... 85376.html

Ministers will impose tough new rules on low-skilled EU immigrants immediately after Brexit transition ends in 2021.

Theresa May had suggested phasing in restrictions on low-skilled EU workers.

Government planning to bring in new rules immediately after Brexit transition.

Home Secretary Priti Patel due to present paper on system to Cabinet this week.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -2021.html

Yep .... our supporting services look like they are going to be decimated ???

Knock on effect ... nursing and care homes ...
Last night, Caroline Abrahams of Age UK said: 'It's all very well saying we have to 'grow more of our own' care workers but it's older people and their families who will suffer if a care company can't come to their aid because there aren't enough staff.'

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... ed-workers

One Whitehall source said: 'Businesses are going to have to invest in workforces. There is an unemployment pool in the UK. If they are not able to attract people they are going to have to look at automation or improve conditions.'

Unison assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said the plans 'spell absolute disaster' for the care sector.

Problems ahead for social care
The immigration plans spell trouble for adult social care.

BBC reporter on the effect on social care :


The majority of people employed by the sector are low-paid care workers. They are responsible for providing daily help to older and disabled adults in care homes and the community.

There are already significant shortages - one in 11 posts are unfilled.

Foreign workers make up a sixth of the 840,000-strong care worker workforce in England. It is hard to see how in the future these staff could qualify.

Even if it is classed as a skilled job - and even that is in doubt, as many workers do not come via an A-level route - the pay at under £20,000 on average is too low to qualify for any points. Nor is the role classed a shortage occupation.

It seems certain applicants will fall well-short of the 70 points needed.
I saw an interview this morning, made me very angry! Apparently the government this the unemployed can care for those in need. Didn't really seem to understand what caring involved at all. It's an insult to our loved ones.
One of the care agencys near me is advertising for staff, no experience necessary, so the day before they could have doing anything, working in a shop, washing cars, delivering newspapers.

Surely you need experienced carers, the amount of carers my caree went through, he got fed up, dozens of carers who just didn't have a clue, they just didn't know how to care, weren't right for the job, couldn't cook, couldn't clean, just weren't competent carers.