Information & Advice about Recruitment & Retention

An important challenge faced by the social care sector is recruiting people with the right values and behaviours to undertake such an important role and retaining these employees.

We provide information, advice and guidance to support the Norfolk adult social care sector deal with issues around recruitment, slection and retention.

On these pages you will find information about projects and government initiatives that aim to support and promote the recruitment and retention of adult social care staff.


Skills for Care materials

Skills for Care produce numerous useful guides to aid recruitment and retention, download some of them on the left or visit their website finding and keeping workers pages.


N&SCS Routes into Social Care pack

N&SCS, in partnership with The Britten Partnership, has produced a new pack of useful materials to help tackle issues around recruitment and retention facing the social care sector in Norfolk. 

The pack which can be downloaded from this page includes:

  • A brochure providing information on the various entry routes into social care, useful links and local contact details
  • A diagram showing the entry routes and jobs available in the sector in a clear and concise way
  • A series of pictorial storyboards, following the career paths of real people working in social care across the county

Use this pack at recruitment events such as open days, careers fairs, contacts with local schools. It could be used with new and existing staff to identify career progression opportunities within your organisation.


Employing Young People in Social Care

Skills for Care guidance states that 16-18 year old's can be employed in adult social care providing:

  • they have completed or are undertaking an approved training programme* in health and social care 
  • the registered manager or a delegated person assesses the competence and confidence of the young worker to carry out all the tasks required of them, including where necessary intimate personal care
  • that appropriate support is offered to the young worker
  • the consent of the person being supported and/or their advocate has been obtained
  • inexperienced practitioners are not left in charge of a care setting or left to work on their own.

*'Approved training programme' refers to QCF qualifications such as Health & Social Care Diplomas or Apprenticeships.

The full guidance from Skills for Care can be downloaded from this page or viewed here.

CQC has endorsed this guidance from Skills for Care. CQC Chief Executive, David Behan, said, “CQC supports the view of Skills for Care that 16 and 17 year olds can make a valuable contribution to the adult social care sector. It is vital that when working with this age group providers not only meet the essential standards of safety and quality but follow best practice guidelines and this guidance from Skills for Care is a welcome addition to that.”


Employing ex-offenders

It is vital that employers take the time to understand how to recruit safely and fairly. The law around criminal record checks is complex and recent changes to the legislation mean that your policies and procedures might be out of date. Ensuring the relevant staff have a thorough and working knowledge of the legislation means organisations can be assured that they have adequate protection in place for their business, staff and service users. The cost of not doing so could mean your are breaking the law and result in hefty fines. 

The organisation NACRO has produced a comprehensive guide to employing ex-offenders. Click the image below to download it.


Health Education England - Talent for Care

While support roles make up 40% of the total NHS workforce and provide around 60% of patient care, this group receives less than 5% of the national training budget.

Health Education England (HEE) is working with various national, regional and local partners to change this picture, to increase investment in the support workforce and to spread good practice and innovation.

Talent for Care focuses on ten strategic intentions under the three primary themes of Get In, Get On and Go Further.

To find out more about Talent for Care or to download their quarterly newsletter click the logo below:

 

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