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Clayton Recruitment in Care Home Professional

20/02/2017
Posted by: Whitney Griffiths

Danielle Moore, nursing division Recruitment Manager at Clayton Recruitment, was recently featured in Care Home Professional talking about how a shortage of nurses poses the care home sector with one of its most significant challenges.

Responding to a report produced by the Care Quality Commission and the BBC, which found that care homes are closing at an alarming rate, Danielle reiterated the importance of addressing rising costs, and an increasing number of closures. She went on to comment on how the lack of nursing professionals is compounding problems created by funding cuts and an ageing population.

The dire need for talent

The number of care homes closures is no doubt cause for concern, as are the ongoing funding cuts, but there’s no doubt in the minds of many nursing professionals working within a care home environment that the single biggest issue facing the sector is the lack of talent. Far more needs to be done to encourage young professionals to pursue a career in the care sector, and promote the fulfilling nature of the wide variety of roles on offer. Both the government and care providers themselves need to ensure that they effectively promote the benefits packages on offer and consider the value of providing subsidised training in order to access valuable pools of talented candidates.

Why the care sector needs to act quickly

The sector has been suffering from shortages for a considerable amount of time and if it fails to act soon, it could be too late – which would be a disaster for the entire healthcare arena in this country. People are living longer and there’s a greater number of senior citizens in the UK that at any other time in history. By 2025 there will be an additional 1.5m people aged 65 or over in England alone and with turnover in this sector considerably higher than many others, it’s certainly concerning that nothing significant is being done to improve talent pipelines into the industry.

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