With an increasingly consumer driven environment, added pressure on funding, a care workforce whose average age is also increasing and clients/residents living longer it is no wonder there is a strong focus on ensuring that a future aged care system remains sustainable, affordable and flexible.
Of the 5 Strategic Imperatives identified by the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (ACWST) – headed up by Professor John Pollaers – one of the most critical has been the industry’s ability to attract and retain care staff.
For many years we have worked together with Neil Eastwood, a highly regarded advisor and consultant on workforce recruitment and retention in the Social Care sector in the UK. Neil is the author of Saving Social Care which tackles this very subject. The UK has been operating in a consumer driven environment around 8 years now and whilst funding arrangements and regulation are different, there are many common challenges.
With great thanks to Neil, we have adapted his Practical Tips Program and created 52 weekly tips to help you better source, recruit and retain your care staff. Here is a sample, but if you want to get all of them, across the full year, sign up to our Weekly Tips mailing list.