What the manifestos mean for the care sector

As the election looms it appears that we are no closer to having a clear indication of who will be in government come June. The electorate will have their say on the 7th of May, with the playing fields seemingly level between the two main parties and a host of former outsiders looking to make significant inroads.

Multiple competing views are represented and how social care policy care policy will look six months from now appears increasingly muddled. Whatever the outcome, the next parliament will be absolutely key to how the country balances cuts to spending with managing the needs of an ageing population stretching services to breaking point.

The manifestos are out, with Labour and the Conservatives placing down markers of their vision for the future of social care.  The Conservatives, classically seen as the protectors of personal wealth, have focused their commitments on ensuring that people are protected from massive care costs by shifting payments to local authorities as per the Care Act. While this is good news for the individual, it fails to answer how councils – who are already struggling with their care bills – will fund this.

Labour, the traditional champions of the NHS and social care have stated that they wish to end the culture of fifteen-minute care visits, and bring an extra 15,000 homecare workers into the fold. While these address problems at the heart of social care in the UK, funding again fails to be accounted for – an issue that lies at the heart of the challenge.

The other parties see this election as their opportunity to have a much greater say by being brought into government, with pundits stating that no party is likely to have a majority. The Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party all have a vision of a more integrated health and social care system to some degree, but are vague on both details and funding strategies. The SNP meanwhile have yet to nail their flag to the mast on social care. While these parties stand no chance of governing alone, they each have the potential to shape any would-be coalition’s social care policy.

Talking about shaking up social care policy and delivery is easy, implementing it will prove to be far harder. While it is good to see the Parties opening up a discourse about the problems the industry is facing and how to combat them, the electorate deserve a realistic explanation of how solutions will be brought about. So far none of the parties have delivered this

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What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

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Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

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What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.