Home care staffing survey: SCIE response

02 September 2021

Home care providers are facing their worst staffing crisis in history, with many unable to take on new clients in need of care, a major survey has confirmed. Commenting, SCIE's Chief Executive Kathryn Smith says:

This home care staffing survey is really concerning. With providers unable to take on new clients, some people’s home care needs are likely to be unmet.

Kathryn Smith continues:

There’s no escaping the fact that current funding levels have led to the growing social care workforce crisis. Workers’ low pay and low status contribute to high rates of turnover and vacancies among care providers. As this survey highlights, the workforce crisis extends beyond care homes to include social care provided in community settings and in people’s homes.

SCIE CEO Kathryn Smith concludes:

To truly improve people’s experiences of social care, we have to attract and retain a qualified workforce. Simply stabilising the system will not be enough to meet the growing the demand for social care. We’re calling on the government to work with the sector on long-term reforms that include investing in a stable, flexible workforce.

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