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Around 160,000 care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage, each losing out on an average of £815 a year, a new study has revealed. Research by the Resolution Foundation suggested that the amount of under-payment was worth £130 million a year. The think tank said the…
Northern Ireland Health & Social Care staff are being asked to take part in a nationwide initiative aimed at encouraging HSC staff to pledge to do something to improve their team or the care they provide. HSC Change Day is 11 March 2015 and it is hoped everyone connected to…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) have rolled out information sessions to their entire workforce enabling them to become a Dementia Friend. CSSIW senior management, including Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson, pledged at the end of last year their staff would become ‘Dementia Friends’ in a move to better…
The demand for nursing, medical and care staff has reached an all-time high over the past year acording to a new report published today. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said health workers were in big demand in January with the report stating they were "the most in-demand permanent staff…
A revised set of standards for social care workers in Wales has been agreed by the Board of the Care Council for Wales (CCW). The standards will be launched following consultation with the Minister for Health and Social Services. The new Code will replace the one that has been in…
The NHS is on course to spend £1 billion on agency nursing staff by the end of the year due to a "payday loan attitude towards workforce planning", a report has claimed. Details uncovered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) estimate NHS trusts will be spending an average of…
The Social Work Strategy team at Health & Social Care Services in Northern Ireland (HSCNI) is considering the concept of job rotation and how this could be used within social work. It is proposed that in order to assess the viability of job rotation for social work that a 12…
A campaign is being launched to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work nursing staff are putting in every week. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said nurses were "propping up" the NHS as it goes through one of the most challenging times in its history. Nurses and healthcare assistants…
Nominations for this years Wales Care Awards, recognising the contribution of the social care workforce, are now being accepted. Care Forum Wales, in association with the Social Care institute for Excellence, will host the awards ceremony on November 6, 2015, at City Hall, Cardiff. If someone in your organisation or…
A strike by health workers in Northern Ireland is set to go ahead despite a proposed pay deal drawn up after lengthy talks between unions and the Government in Westminster. A walkout planned by NHS staff in England was suspended so union members could be consulted on a new offer.…
The BBC is to highlight the plight of low-paid care workers and their journey to find employment through a care agency, HCA Professionals. They Inside Out London programme, presented by Matthew Wright (pictured), claims the agency took took hundreds of pounds from applicants to pay for Disclosure and Barring Service…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) are undertaking a project titled ‘The View From Here’ which aims to understand practitioners’ experiences of delivering care and support in Scotland. This project asks people, over one week, to record their experiences of delivering care and support using qualitative,…