The Adult Social Care Workforce in England: Report by National Audit Office.

On 8th February 2018, the National Audit Office released the report The adult social care workforce in England’ which examined the current state of the adult social care sector.

The report found that the turnover of care staff was 27.8% with two particular roles seeing extremely high vacancy and turnover rates when compared with other roles in the sector – Nurses and Care Workers. The report also saw that the sector did not see annual growth at the same rate as the projected demand - having grown at a rate below 2% compared to the predicted 2.6% that is needed.

At this rate the social care sector will not be able to keep up with demand, so what can be done about it? Skills for Care published ‘Recruitment and retention in adult social care: secrets of success’ last year which may hold the answer to dealing with the high staff turnover rate. They researched why some providers had a staff turnover rate significantly below the industry average. Their findings showed that adult social care businesses with a staff turnover rate of less than 10% invested in staff development, care training, offered flexible or set working patterns. Investing in your staff would appear to be the best way to ensure their longevity.

“Without a valued and rewarded workforce, adult social care cannot fulfil its crucial role of supporting elderly and vulnerable people in society”

-       Amyas Morse, The National Audit Office

It may be a case of ‘easier said than done’ but finding and keeping the right staff will get you on your way to success. Your staff are a commodity, an asset to your business and that’s the way that it should be seen – and the human resource that they are.

Great staff come from being valued. Good initial and refresher training is the best way to value your staff and make sure the care they deliver is to the highest standard. By giving your staff the tools to not only do their job to your standards, but to strive to exceed them, you will be rewarded with great workers in return.

Our care training courses cover all of the mandatory training and Care Certificate training subjects but also take a more in-depth look at some scenarios that they are likely to come across in the Care setting.

With high-quality training resources, you can be confident your staff have the ability to deliver outstanding care.

By opting for accredited video training courses from BVS, you can be sure that you are getting high-quality content with lesson plans, hand-outs, assessments and CPD accredited certificates.

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Read the full report by The National Audit Office here: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/the-adult-social-care-workforce-in-england/

Read ‘Recruitment and retention in adult social care: secrets of success’ from Skills for Care here: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Documents/Recruitment-and-retention/Secrets-of-success/Recruitment-and-retention-secrets-of-success-report.pdf