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More than 400 frontline workers in the health, emergency service and transport sectors are attacked on duty each week across the UK, fresh figures have revealed. Freedom of Information data from hospital trusts, emergency services, the transport sector and Government departments show 65,970 workers were attacked on duty in the…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has released details of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care (HSC) Workforce at 31 March 2014. This statistical publication presents an analysis of staff in post by occupational family, main location, gender, working pattern and age. Summary information on…
A refreshed Adult Social Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategy has been launched by Skills for Care. The refreshed strategy builds upon the achievements of the first ever strategy launched in 2011 and sets out clear priorities to help meet the future workforce demands of an aging population on care…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has identified an error in the data supplied by the Care Inspectorate for 2012 which was published in the Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report for 2012. This has resulted in the social service workforce headcount being underestimated by approximately 1,200 or 0.06% of…
A leading care home figure has warned of a critical lack of trained nurses following the closure of two homes in Wales. Mario Creft, Chair of Care Forum Wales, said urgent action is needed to attract more nurses into the independent care sector so it can relieve pressure on hospital…
The Government is to clamp down on abuses of zero-hours contracts by allowing people to work for more than one employer. Business Secretary Vince Cable said "unscrupulous" employers had been abusing the flexibility offered by the contracts, under which workers do not know if they have work from one week…
In its first report on the work of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Commons Health Committee has backed the HCPC’s proposals for a 'negative register' of care workers. The Committee said it favoured this approach to regulation rather than the idea of a voluntary register, which has…
Only one in fourteen social care professionals believe that changes implemented since 2007 have had a positive impact on the sector, according to recruitment agency Randstad Care. The survey of 2,000 UK staff examining attitudes to change in the workplace, revealed that social care professionals are some of the least…
Workers on "zero hours" contracts could be given the right to request fixed term working, Business Secretary Vince Cable has said. Mr Cable said that ministers were actively looking at measures to tackle "abuse" of the "zero hours" system. Speaking at the Resolution Foundation think tank in London, he said…
Workers on zero hours contracts are often afraid to look for other jobs and feel excluded from the sense of security given to full-time employees, according to a new study. The conciliation service Acas said it was receiving around 70 calls a week about zero hours contracts, with a feeling…
This report examines the challenges facing mental health social work, and offers a blueprint for a fast-track programme that could better recruit and train high-calibre graduates for the profession. The rise in demand for mental health services over recent years, coupled with funding cuts by commissioners, are putting these services…
A Government advisor said carers should be able to speak English before being placed in vulnerable people's homes Care agencies should ensure that the staff they recruit to work in vulnerable people's homes can speak English, a government adviser has said. Dr Shereen Hussein (pictured) told the BBC that language…

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