Retaining and rewarding top talent within the care home sector

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Staff in the care home sector provide invaluable care to some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, but these employees and the industry as a whole are facing unprecedented change.

According to Skills for Care, in 2016 the adult social care sector employed an estimated 1.5 million people, a large number of them low-wage staff. The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and the overwhelming shortage of skilled carers, compounded by Brexit, is directly impacting resources. It is now more important than ever for care homes to retain staff and drive employee engagement and productivity to ensure we can continue to care for those most in need.

The challenges facing the sector

Dunham-Bush LST Radiators Deliver Safety And Warmth To Luxury Care Home

Dunham-Bush LST Radiators Deliver Safety And Warmth To Luxury Care Home

Two hundred and twenty three Dunham-Bush System Low Surface Temperature radiators fitted with SAV/Danfoss PT 40 flow and pressure monitoring thermostatic valves have been installed at Manor Grange luxury care home in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. Manor Grange focuses on caring for people suffering from dementia from the age of 65 years upwards and provides support for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Care home staff recruitment crisis - how to solve with carehome.co.uk


A new and innovative CV search tool has been launched by carehome.co.uk to help care homes find the right staff.

The tool allows care homes (employers) to search for candidates based on the desired job role, salary expectations, languages spoken, location and type of contract that they have stated. Over 60,000 CVs are already on the website. 

The innovation will provide vital support to care homes that are currently facing competition with the NHS for staff, and the prospect of a declining pool of nurses as a result of Brexit. 

When an employer clicks on a CV they are interested in, they can then save it, add notes and email the candidate directly.

Apprenticeships: the key to tackling the skills gap

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Jill Whittaker (pictured), Managing Director of Conntect2Care, the leading training and apprenticeship provider in the care sector, explains the benefits of investing in apprenticeships.

“Recruiting and retaining staff in the care and nursing sector has never been more important. According to Skills for Care, just under 340,000 social care employees leave their job each year. To put this into perspective, on any one day there are 90,000 vacancies for social care jobs in England. Apprenticeships may be the way to address this problem.

Starting a new job? Here are 5 tips to help you get settled

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Roop Bhumbra, Director at Hays Social Care gives her top tips for care and nursing professionals preparing to start a new job and how best to get settled.


Have you just received news that you got the job? Congratulations! Starting a new job can be both an exciting and daunting time for many care and nursing home professionals. The workplace culture may be different to that of your previous employer, not to mention all of the new faces you will encounter on your first day, so here are some tips to help you get settled and make a lasting impression:


Growing number of care home nurses look to agency work

Growing numbers of care home nurses turn to agency work

A growing number of care home nurses are turning to agency work because of greater flexibility and better pay, according to a nursing recruitment specialist, Randstad.

Randstad believes that more and more nurses will look to agency roles as they contemplate their futures. The shift comes at the same time as a growing staff crisis within the nursing profession across the NHS, with care homes and NHS trusts increasingly reliant on agency staff to fill the gaps. 

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has estimated there to be 25,000 nursing vacancies across the UK and believes the country could be hit by a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026 in the wake of Brexit.

Community invited to visit new state-of-the-art residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth

Dorset residents are being encouraged to take a look around a new purpose-built 80-bed care home which opened in Bournemouth last month.

Great Oaks residential, nursing and dementia care home, based in Poole Lane, is managed by Encore Care Homes. It opened on Tuesday June 26 following a successful Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager, will be on-hand to talk to visitors at an open day being held on Thursday July 20 from 10am to 2pm. People will be able to meet the care home team including nurses and carers, and take a tour around the facilities of the building, which is set among a private woodland setting.

Healthcare professional's golden rule CV checklist


Whether you’re a trainee nurse or senior doctor, writing a medical CV is unlike any other. At a time when recruiters advise candidates to keep them minimalist, medical CVs require a very specific degree of detailing and language which could be the deciding factor to gaining a job in industry.

Healthcare recruitment specialist, Tony Moss, founder of Your World Healthcare, explains the secrets to the successful medical CV:

1. Why sometimes more is better

Many candidates forget that medical CVs require you to elaborate. 

“I helped with patients and did paper work”

When in fact they should say:

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Diabetes Awareness in Suffolk

Earlier this year DUET diabetes offered their services free of charge to support a local care home to run a “Diabetes Awareness” event for residents/families/staff during Diabetes Week (11-17 June 2017). In response two homes, Bethesda Eventide Homes in Ipswich and Gracewell of Kentford near Newmarket, have worked with DUET diabetes to plan events. Part of the plans include “Let them eat cake” - a fun interactive session which will be run by Helen Stephen (co-founder of DUET diabetes); discussing sugar content and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst still having a little of what we fancy.


Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients

A new study published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care and failures within primary care led to patient harm and highlights how improved communications systems could help protect older patients from harm. Timely electronic transfer of information with standardised formats could reduce medication and clinical decision-making incidents. Electronic alerts and expanded use of bar-coding are examples of systems which could tackle drug administration incidents.


Wiltshire Farm Foods launches BDA endorsed training

Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s number one provider of home-delivered frozen meals, has launched its first British Dietetic Association (BDA) approved CPD training course for healthcare professionals.
The free two-hour training course, on the subject of Good Nutrition for Older Adults, is written by Wiltshire Farm Foods’ Registered Dietitian Helen Willis, endorsed by the British Dietetic Association and delivered by Registered Dietitian Sue Baic.

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.


The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.


The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.


Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.