How will we fund it?

Last week the European Court of Justice ruled that companies must include time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments as working time, where previously this time had not been considered as work. This now means that many employers of care workers, sales representative and tradespeople – amongst others – could potentially be in breach of European regulation if they fail to take this change into account. Experts claim that workers in Britain could now potentially claim for travel time under the National Minimum Wage Act.

While Prestige Nursing + Care recognise that care workers deserve a wage that reflects the valuable work they do and should not be forced into driving excessive lengths for no extra income, a major point has yet to be addressed. Who will cover the additional cost that will result from this ruling?

It is surely inevitable that the cost of care will have to rise to accommodate this additional expense. While home care currently provides a cheaper alternative to residential care, this latest layer of regulation is bound to drive costs up, limiting the financial incentive and savings that can be made. Councils have seen their social care budgets slashed so are in no position to accommodate this cost, while care providers are increasingly under financial strain and would also be hard pushed to meet the cost. Failure to find the money to meet this additional expense will ultimately result in a drop in standards of care provided or cutting staff numbers.

The care sector have already been left reeling after the announcement of a rise to the minimum wage put their purse-strings and financial security under pressure and this latest news will only accentuate the problem. These factors, combined with a population ageing at a rapid rate, indicate this is not a problem that will go away – or be resolved – overnight.

It is, of course, crucial that there is legislation and safeguards in place to avoid any exploitation of workers but critically there are few answers to solve this problem. The cost of care is already a substantial sum so charging patients more will be an unpopular move, and it is unlikely that the government will provide any new funding to cover the increase in price. It is a worrisome matter and before sweeping changes are made, consideration needs to be given as to how costs will be met to ensure quality care in maintained and workers’ rights upheld.

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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.