Careers, recruitment and retention of staff in health and social care
A regional Social Care Workforce Development Partnership (SCWDP) commissioned Practice Solutions (PSL) to help gather local and national evidence about the challenge to recruitment and retention in the region and to support them to produce an action plan to co-ordinate their efforts.
Recruitment and retention is recognised as a risk to the social care workforce in the region and the SCWDP identified that a multi-agency task and finish group was needed to secure the strong and stable workforce needed.
We all know that we need to attract, train and retain more health and social care workers to meet the current and predicted demands for care and support, but this is a ‘whole system’ challenge and not something that can be easily resolved by working on it alone. Understanding what the barriers and opportunities are and working in partnership is key.
As part of the work, PSL reviewed evidence already collected locally and nationally and then engaged with a broad range of local stakeholders (from health, social care, third sector, independent sector, trade unions, schools, colleges, and service users) with a mixture of face-to-face interviews and an electronic survey.
Once the evidence and views collected, PSL organised a Rapid Action Planning conference on 10 January 2018 at the Ty Dysgu Conference Centre in Nantgarw. Around 120 people came to the event to explore why attracting, recruiting and retaining a competent, skilled workforce should be made the number 1 priority. Delegates also considered why growing numbers of workers appear to be leaving the sector and what can be done to raise the profile of the work, attract more recruits and reduce the turnover.
The conference was a resounding success and the feedback has been very positive.
Following the conference, PSL is now working with the SCWDP towards producing an action plan for implementation during 2018/19. The action plan will be steered by the SCWDP Executive but will also become a key feature of the Provider Forum agenda's (Home Care, Care Home, Supported Living and Social Value).