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The Care Council for Wales have published their latest edition of the Workforce Development report. The report contains information on progress made and identifies future key actions for Workforce Development. This edition provides updates on our work to; Enable people with recognised social work qualifications who are currently not registered…
The NHS would be more efficient if it had a smaller workforce, a think-tank has suggested. Reform said that as around half the health service's budget is spent on staffing, it could save money by having fewer people. Its report also said that savings have been made through short term…
Healthcare workers should not be allowed to smoke during work hours or when recognisable as an employee, according to new guidelines. Other measures suggested by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) include healthcare sites, schools and colleges banning smoking anywhere in their grounds and employers allowing workers…
Failing to pay the living wage to care workers risks affecting the standard of care received by vulnerable people, the Head of Social Work at Birmingham City University has warned. Responding to a recent report by the Resolution Foundation, which reveals two thirds of all care jobs in the UK…
Des Kelly OBE argues that pay for care workers is one of the most important issues facing social care … and one of the most controversial How many care providers pay the living wage? Is there a business case for paying the living wage? How much would paying the living…
Social Services Minister Jim Wells has paid tribute to Northern Ireland’s social workers following an event to recognise and celebrate excellence in social work practice. The fourth Regional Social Work Awards event in Northern Ireland took place at Belfast City Hall yesterday (Thursday). Afterwards, Minister Wells said: “Social workers help…
Outsourcing public services leads to staff working longer hours for less pay and worse contracts, according to a new study. The TUC said that workers in privatised services are more likely to put in longer hours, receive lower wages and be on insecure or temporary contracts. Research into outsourcing in…
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry is considering a package of measures aimed at protecting vulnerable workers who work on zero hours contracts. Officials from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) briefed the DEL Committee this week on progress to date and potential measures relating to zero hours…
New research released from Glassdoor, a jobs and careers community, reveals that discussing salary is still a taboo in the workplace, as just 35 percent of employees know what their colleagues earn. Of those that know, more than a third (38 percent) said that it was because their colleagues are…
New workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have been described as ‘deeply worrying’ by charity Independent Age. The report shows that two thirds of councils in England reduced the number of posts in their adult social service departments between 2013 and 2014. In September…
A new Labour Market Intelligence report has been launched that applauds the ‘unsung heroes’ in the NHS and UK health sector – the health support workforce. The in-depth report authored by Ian Wheeler, Head of Research, LMI and Evaluation at Skills for Health shows how backing support workers and their…
The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers has heard "shocking" stories about staff who were afraid to speak out and felt suicidal after their safety concerns were ignored. Sir Robert Francis QC said "time and time again" he heard from staff who were "bullied" after raising…

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