Social care: Additional funding to help recruitment and retention

Covid-19 adult social care

The UK government has announced a £300 million funding, in addition to the £162.5 million announced in October, to help boost recruitment and retention in social care as staff shortages worsen.

The funding, which will be used to pay staff bonuses, bring forward planned pay rises, and fund overtime, is part of a package of new measures announced to protect the social care sector from the spread of Covid-19.

It will relieve the rising pressure on the NHS and help to alleviate occupancy by ensuring people are cared for in the correct place.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have done everything we can to protect the adult social care sector, and the emergence of the Omicron variant means this is more important than ever.

“This new funding will support our incredible workforce by recruiting new staff and rewarding those who have done so much during this pandemic.”

The funding will be available until the end of March 2022.

The Homecare Association welcomed the funding but remains concerned about the time it is taking to reach homecare providers in the frontline.

Homecare Association chief executive, Dr Jane Townson, said: “The extra £300m is very welcome to support recruitment and retention of care workers this winter, as things are very difficult out there.

“We call on councils to act fast. Many have not yet communicated with providers about using the first tranche of recruitment and retention funding, which was transferred to them on 3 November 2021. Action is needed now before it is too late. Care workers continue to leave for better-paid jobs in retail and hospitality and we simply cannot afford to lose any more.”

Date published: December 14, 2021

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