“Tsunami of unmet care needs”: caregivers quit their jobs for tourism jobs, regulator warns

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“Tsunami of unmet care needs”: caregivers quit their jobs for tourism jobs, regulator warns


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    Les travailleurs sociaux quittent le secteur pour des rôles dans l'hôtellerie et le tourisme qui paient plus, entraînant des pénuries de personnel et un "tsunami de besoins de soins non satisfaits", a averti le régulateur des soins.

The Care Quality Commission said the sector is under increasing pressure, its workforce is depleted and care homes struggling to fill positions are even having to turn away new patients.

The vacancy rate in nursing homes has steadily increased to 10.2% in September, which means that in a year, one in 10 nursing home staff will not be in this job, according to the CQC.

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Ian Trenholm says CQC may be forced to prosecute healthcare providers who violate rules that will force staff to get vaccinated

But with unvaccinated caregivers forced to quit their jobs by November 11, there will be even more positions to fill.

Despite this, CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm told Sky News not only that they will enforce the policy, but may be forced to prosecute suppliers who fail to comply.

“It will really depend on the circumstances, we know there are a number of medical exemptions and of course that would apply,” he says.

“But if a worker simply chooses not to get the vaccine, we would expect the care home provider to have used every means possible to persuade that person to get the vaccine.

“But ultimately, the regulations are clear: to protect the people who live in nursing homes, it is vital that people are vaccinated if they can be, and the regulations are clear and if, in extreme cases, we may very well find ourselves need to take enforcement action.

“An enforcement action could mean legal action, it could mean a fine for the supplier if it is shown that he did not take reasonable steps to vaccinate his entire team. “

Vacancies in the care sector are skyrocketing: Many workers have turned to retail and hospitality, citing less stressful conditions in addition to higher wages.

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Caregivers sound the alarm on staff shortages

The situation leaves homes like those run by the Brandon Trust in Bristol struggling to meet demands.

Their managing director, Sue Porto, says that in some of the residential care homes, more than half of the positions are vacant.

Their home staff work 35,000 combined hours of overtime to meet needs.

They are struggling to find staff to fill in the gaps and take the pressure off.

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Sue Porto says “some people just don’t want to go on welfare”

“As we move into winter, we are currently in a very difficult situation,” Ms. Porto said.

“Across the organization, we have 34% turnover, and we find it exceptionally difficult to recruit new people into the industry to fill these gaps and in certain areas.

“Here we have about 25% vacancies – in other areas in some situations, some houses up to 49% and operating in the winter, when people are likely to self-isolate again, or if they don’t. not feel good, just places unprecedented stress and challenges for our staff. “

She adds, “One of the things that we have to take a really careful look at right now is really whether or not we can take on new support packages, or, you know, new customers, because we are very mindful of the. fact that if we do, we may not be able to get staff to support these people. “

In some of Brandon Trust's retirement homes, more than half of the positions are vacant
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In some of Brandon Trust’s residential care homes, more than half of the positions are vacant

Sue Porto says the perception of social service jobs may need to change.

“I think some people just don’t want to go into social service, period,” she says. “You know, they’ve heard about the challenges of working in social services.

“But it’s important to say it’s an incredibly rewarding role. “

The Quality of Care Commission says the government’s £ 5.4bn investment in health and social care announced in September 2021 is welcome – this includes £ 500m over three years to support the adult social service workforce.

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A huge recruitment drive is needed, they say, to fill vacancies and retain those who may feel overwhelmed and undervalued.

In response to the report’s findings, the Department of Health and Social Affairs has pledged an additional infusion of £ 162.5million for labor retention and recruitment in England.

The government says local authorities will be able to access funding until March 2022.

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