September 18, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.136

Care News

The social care sector is already very short of care workers. Managers of care agencies and residential/nursing homes have found over the past few years that recruitment of workers is a process that is now ongoing for most of the year and in addition now costs considerably more to recruit �suitable� personnel than a few years ago.

This is a result of several factors such as increased legislation that in particular has reduced the number of more mature people who would work as carers prior to the requirements of NVQ specifications, the poor rates of pay that many care agencies and homes are able to pay to care workers because of the contract prices paid to them, the relatively low un employment figures in the UK so that vacancies in other industries pay higher hourly rates and the costs of recruitment advertising and recruitment administration has increased dramatically. (Five years ago Able Community Care had one Recruitment Manager, today we have two full time persons plus one part time person)

Meanwhile the need for care workers has increased steadily and the need for care workers in the next few years will increase substantially as the �baby boomers� (people who were born after WW2 when the birth rate rose rapidly) become pensioners, many of whom will begin to need care.

To date it has not been Able Community Care�s experience that we are receiving numerous, applications from experienced carers from EU countries and we have no reason to believe that this will necessarily happen in the future. EU countries will have similar requirements for care staff as we will have.

This month the Government has put in place strict new rules for workers from outside the EU. The recommendation, relevant to care workers as well as other occupations, is that only people who can be offered �8.80 per hour, which is senior care staff rates, will be considered for permission to work in the UK. This will make recruitment particularly difficult for care home managers and care organisations.

Many care home staff come from the Philippines and similarly, care workers from Australia and New Zealand would be in a similar position. A headline from The Australian Herald Sun on 11th September was � Aussies to find working in the UK harder�

With the proposed registration date for social care staff expected to be announced any day now, the result of which will discourage people further from becoming or returning to care work, it does seem applicable to ask Government to advise us as to exactly where we are going to be able to find our care workers from?

This week Sainsbury�s is opening the first, supermarket dental surgery at its branch in Sale, Manchester. The dental surgery will open seven days a week and will offer check-ups, fillings, scale and polish, teeth hygiene and whitening.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Befordshire, Dorset, Lancashire and Surrey.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk, Lancashire and London.

One to one MH refresher training has been carried out with eight carers in London. Two client risk assessments have taken place in London.

A new post has commenced in Dorset for a young male university student with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Weekly wage is �613.00 inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke direct line 01603 281918

Interesting Information

It is estimated that there are approx. 9.8 million people in the UK with some form of disability, one in seven of the population.

The average cost of keeping an older person in an NHS long stay hospital bed is around �1015.00pw. (source RNHA)

Question of the Week

"I would like to ensure that my Mother on her 100th birthday gets a telegram from the Queen. What do I have to do?

Answer : 100th and 105th birthday telegrams can be arranged by contacting : Chief Clerk, PSO Buckingham Palace, London SW1 or you can download a form from: or telephone: 0207 930 4832. 60th Wedding anniversary telegrams can be arranged in the same way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.