Meeting the recruitment challenges in the caring profession

A career in health and social care is first choice for many job seekers who want to “make a difference” to other people’s lives, while having a satisfying and stimulating role in their local community.  In order to encourage this and keep a constant stream of aspirational new talent coming into the industry, we need to make sure that those joining have access to the training and development opportunities they need to keep them motivated and retain their skills long term within the profession.

The shocking but not surprising news from the Nursing and Midwifery Council that numbers of our “homegrown” staff are falling and one in four nurses is recruited from abroad, follows the woeful annual cuts in training places – estimated at 8,000 – overseen by this coalition government.  This should be reversed urgently.  We must lobby the new government to recognise that our ageing population will need one million additional care workers by 2025 – now less than a decade away.

In this election campaign, much is being made of the economic recovery and the more satisfactory employment numbers – we must persuade our legislators that investing our growing prosperity in training health and social care workers is a priority at least equal to HS2.  What would you rather have when you’re older, in poor health or less mobile – an experienced, well-trained professional assisting you to maintain your independence in your own home or half an hour knocked off your journey to Birmingham?  I know which I’d prefer.

We must also persuade men that our profession is satisfying and rewarding, as far fewer men than women become care workers.  This outdated sexist attitude – that caring roles are best carried out by women – should definitely be put to bed.  In order to cope with an expanding older population, greater numbers of people with dementia and a diminishing workforce, we need to attract the right people regardless of sex.  We are no longer surprised to see male nurses in our hospitals, so progress can be made.

Staffing is a very complex area, hugely important but challenging to get just right.  Equally important as achieving adequate numbers is engaging men and women with the right mix of skills, experience and qualities to meet patients’ needs.  There are going to be extraordinary demands on our care services in the years to come and we need action now on providing adequate reward and strong career prospects to those we need so desperately to join the profession.

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Jobs FAQs

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.

Do I need care experience to join?

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.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

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.