7 things to consider before starting a role in social care

October 28, 2021, Mark Topps Working in social care is without a doubt one of the most rewarding jobs, but it can also be one of the toughest. It doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are, if you want to support people and have a rewarding job, there’s a social care roleContinue reading “7 things to consider before starting a role in social care”

‘Care 2030’ Vision Paper

Six key priorities or ‘building blocks’ for better care so everyone can age well are set out in a new paper, ‘Care 2030’, published by the independent charity, Hallmark Foundation. Hallmark Foundation has committed to backing Care Home Open Week in 2022 following its success earlier this year. The foundation is one of the foundingContinue reading “‘Care 2030’ Vision Paper”

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

Build Back Better – a Plan for Health and Social Care

Besides the much publicised guff about health and social care funding … the Residential Forum may find the following paragraphs interesting: 40 – the end of private payers cross subsidising publicly funded residents? 49a – the exclusion of care home managers from “professional” development – they mean social workers, nurses and OTs here? 55c –Continue reading “Build Back Better – a Plan for Health and Social Care”

Workforce challenges in social care

Charles Armitage, Jul 27·5 min read Writing on Medium, Charles Armitage says: “In the last few weeks, things have changed across social care. A number of new dynamics have emerged that, when taken together, are creating the perfect recruitment and retention storm. Every care provider I’ve spoken to over the past few weeks has toldContinue reading “Workforce challenges in social care”

Home – Unfair To Care

This landmark research indicates many social care workers would be paid up to 39% more – an additional £7,000 – if they worked in other public funded sectors. With the role matching or exceeding the level of skill and accountability as professions such as healthcare assistants, police community support officers, and senior teaching assistants, theContinue reading “Home – Unfair To Care”

Our reflections on recruiting staff for our new children’s home – Lighthouse Children’s Homes

“Having recently finished our first full round of recruitment a few weeks ago, I have been reflecting on some of the key learnings from this experience” (Sinead Kirrane, Senior Development Manager). Recruiting a team The value of young people’s perspectives Working in a children’s home isn’t about sitting behind a desk all day, so whyContinue reading “Our reflections on recruiting staff for our new children’s home – Lighthouse Children’s Homes”

How registered managers can support and encourage learning at work

Support for registered managers From Skills for Care At the heart of every outstanding service is a manager who’s working hard to ensure that they can create a person-centred culture that delivers great, high-quality care. We understand that you’re going through incredibly challenging times at the moment, and everyone at Skills for Care is humbled byContinue reading “How registered managers can support and encourage learning at work”

A residential child care worker’s Queen’s Speech

My lords and members of the House of Commons. My Government’s priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before. To achieve this, my Government will……….according to Jonathan Stanley and Ed Nixon,Friday, May 14, 2021 Read in full at CYP Now SourceContinue reading “A residential child care worker’s Queen’s Speech”

What becomes of the open-hearted: Supporting resilience in children’s homes staff

Margaret Davies, Trainer and Consultant at Children’s Homes Quality, explains importance of supporting resilience in children’s homes staff. Social Work Today, 03/06/21 Children in care need staff who can connect with them open-heartedly, yet the experience of working in the residential sector is often personally intense and challenging. Staff are commonly at risk of experiencingContinue reading “What becomes of the open-hearted: Supporting resilience in children’s homes staff”

Three reasons retirement rental will save the care home sector

We are being forced to rethink the support and layer of care and crucially properties that sit underneath the care home market whether we like it or not. The provision of care homes and services across the UK is not equal. The supply of care beds varies hugely across the country and does not alwaysContinue reading “Three reasons retirement rental will save the care home sector”

Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonethelessContinue reading “Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.”

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance This report offers recommendations for strengthening child-sensitive reception, care and services for unaccompanied children in the United States. Drawing on UNICEF’s global experience, international guidance, and the insights of key stakeholders, the report intends to offer a constructive, solutions-oriented vision for addressing the challenges related to child-sensitive reception and care withinContinue reading “Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States”

Why the market matters in adult social care (and what we can do about it)

Omar Idriss, Stephen Rocks, Simon Bottery If the adult social care market worked well, as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has explained in the case of care homes, it would match supply and demand, and people would make well-informed choices about how their care needs are met. Those working in the sector would beContinue reading “Why the market matters in adult social care (and what we can do about it)”

5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021

Kimberly Bonvissuto, News – McKnight’s Senior Living More than 85 independent living, assisted living and memory care leaders joined together at the International Council on Active Aging Forum in November. Together, they identified a philosophy and infrastructure of the “optimal community,” which offers lifestyle and services desired by current residents, with the quality-of-life features futureContinue reading “5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021”