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A recent letter from the County Council Network (CCN) – a constituent of the Local Government Association (LGA) – has revealed that those paying for care themselves (possessing assets below £23,500 is the current threshold for state assistance) pay a surplus of 50% on their care home costs. This is an absolutely raw deal, and is the result of a social care market that has been skewed by unacceptably low levels of central government funding.

In the CNN’s letter, Council chiefs illustrate how unsustainably low investment in the social care sector has passed fees on to vulnerable adults whose assets are above the threshold. Previous research from Prestige Nursing + Care has illustrated that councils’ ability to provide their residents with adequate social care is set to come under further pressure, following the £4.6bn in cuts care budgets have undergone in the last five years.

As a result of this, Councils have opted to work together to ensure that they get the best possible value for their money when it comes to purchasing care. With limited options available to them, this cartel-like approach means that providers have to pass their losses on to self-funding customers to ensure they can maintain standards; the Councils’ findings reveal that the weekly care bill for a self-funder (£754) is 49% above the £511 paid by a local council. This is an unacceptably large disparity.

While there is a pervasive view among some that care providers are profiting at the expense of individuals, nothing could actually be further from the truth. Margins are already alarmingly small, with many providers going under. While care is obviously a significant cost, lowering the fees – even a small amount – that councils and individuals pay would result in the lowering of standards.

The onus is therefore on government to ensure that the social care sector is both adequately and efficiently funded. The problems in the system are already acute enough to warrant increased spending, and with Britain’s population ageing, there is an imperative to increase investment before it’s too late. Furthermore, policymakers should look to the solutions that more cost effective care, such as home care and community care, can provide.

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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.