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Too many care workers are being "treated shabbily" in a sector where the zero hours culture is "deeply entrenched", a Labour MP has warned. Andrew Smith branded it a "scandal" that the national minimum wage was not being enforced and called on the Government to make ending illegally low pay…
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has announced plans to restructure its adult care provision, moving services to a council-owned care company from April 2015. The Arms Length Council Owned company (ALEO) will see approximately 800 care staff at the end of March 2015 being transferred into the new organisation on their…
British workers across all sectors regard social care as the most fulfilling profession to work in – and social workers themselves agree – according to a survey carried out by specialist recruiter Randstad Care. Almost a quarter (23%) of those polled for the 2014 Randstad 'Fulfilment@Work Report' considered health and…
An urgent review of the ‘skills crisis' facing social work is needed to help recruit the quality social workers that 1.3 million vulnerable young people need into work as soon as possible. Despite £65 million being spent every year by central government on ‘social worker grants', which are aimed at…
Staff at three high security psychiatric hospitals will go on strike today in the bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay. Members of the Prison Officers Association at Broadmoor in Berkshire, Rampton in Nottinghamshire and Ashworth on Merseyside will walk out for four hours from 7am It will…
The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft 10 year plan for the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales. The Government want a highly skilled early years, childcare and play workforce for the future that: is highly regarded (a career of choice) understands how children learn and develop…
The Welsh Government has set out how a multi-million pound grant will be used to support the essential training of the social care workforce in Wales ahead of major legislative changes being introduced over the next three years. In April 2016, the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will…
The number of people working in Scottish social services has dropped for the third consecutive year according to new figures from the Scottish Social Services Council. The new 2013 Workforce Data Report shows that there were around 2700 less people working in the sector when compared with the previous year.…
HCPC launches consultation on revised guidance for disabled people wanting to become health and care professionals. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on revised guidance for disabled people wanting to become health and care professionals. In 2006, ‘A disabled person’s guide to becoming a health…
Social Care organisations appear to offer more opportunities for progression, yet fewer people are climbing the career ladder within just one organisation, according to new research from recruiter Randstad Care. A survey of 2,000 UK staff revealed that the average social care organisation contains 5.7 layers of management, compared to…
The Social Work Strategy Team at Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland would like the views of social worker practitioners and managers from across Northern Ireland to inform their project to explore flexible working/extended hours as a means to improving service delivery across Social Work organisations. The project aims…
Ed Miliband put the NHS at the heart of his general election pitch today, promising to boost funding by soaking mansion owners, tax dodgers and tobacco firms. The Labour leader used his final conference speech before the crunch poll to set out a bold 10-year plan for creating a "world…