To retain care home staff, we need to make sure they have access to better support

by Maya Haddad, Dr Alison Beck and Dr Katherine Belton

Previous research has highlighted the risk factors associated with high stress among care home staff, including high staff turnover and absenteeism and staff malpractice. But the fragmentation of care home provision, both in terms of different types and sizes of providers of services and the complex process of commissioning and purchasing services, poses significant challenges to ensuring consistent support for staff in care homes.

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The researchers spoke to people working in the care home sector in south London during the summer of 2020 to explore the extent to which they feel emotionally supported at work. They interviewed stakeholders representing various agencies and organisations that support the sector to find out what could be done to improve the emotional wellbeing of this vital workforce.

Read the findings in full at…

Community Care Source: ‘To retain care home staff, we need to make sure they have access to better support’

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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