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Overcoming the social care staffing crisis

Adrian Grove, business development director at Qube Learning, explains how social care employers can win with incentives and recruitment via traineeships, apprenticeships, and e-learning.

As the UK faces a significant staffing crisis in social care, after widespread burnout, vaccination requirements, Brexit, and limited funding, the need for recruitment in the care sector has never been more important.

Dwindling staff numbers are reducing bed capacity, and as the November deadline for staff vaccinations arrives, the Homecare Association (UKHCA) has warned for some members this will reduce their staff rosters by over 25 per cent.

UKHCA chief executive Dr. Jane Townson said: “This creates a serious risk that homecare will not be available for tens of thousands of older and disabled people who are wholly reliant on support.”

However, nearly two-thirds of young people aged 18-34 in England would consider applying for a job in adult social care, with over half citing interest in a career that helps or supports others. Perhaps now is the time for the care sector to attract and train more of the thousands of under-25s who face une

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