Carolyn Downs discusses the latest recommendations from the HelpCare project which call for better formal education and training in the care sector, to create a career path for carers.
Click the link for the latest issue of Tomorrow’s care magazine and see page 32 under the recruitment section.
Carolyn Downs writes for the Guardian:
The majority of homecare workers are immigrants who do a great job, but care work needs to be a more attractive and credible career option.
Helpcare recommendations: Better formal education and training is needed to tackle the care crisis and create a career path for carers.
Since 2010, huge reductions in social care budgets have impacted on the quality of homecare for the elderly and disabled in the UK.
This report details the findings of the research and states that many carers are expected to provide care with little or no training and this care includes the sort of tasks that were previously carried out by district nurses.
An article in the Guardian ‘finds ‘endemic’ abuse of minimum wage laws. One of the areas the article discusses is the often common practice of not paying carers for their travel time. Read more here:
In the Guardian online Carolyn Downs comments on the Helpcare project research results to date. Research has shown that many staff have a negative view of their work, but giving them the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications would make the job more attractive. Problems of recruitment and retention have been explored and the first stage of the research is now complete. Carolyn comments “we hope to develop innovative education practices for the qualification and professionalisation of health and social care workers”
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Here you can read some of our research into the current state of provision and training alongside some best practice examples from the UK and the Netherlands.
The Helpcare Project reports on its findings from the research carried out with care workers, care users and commissioners of care.
See the full report for more information.
Carolyn Downs talks to Tomorrow’s Care about the Helpcare Project.