Adult social care faces significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff – particularly in direct care roles. Some of the issues are:
- Low pay (both for the nature and complexity of the work, and in comparison to other sectors)
- Limited/varying opportunities for training and career progression
- Difficult working conditions (for example, fluctuating hours and shifts, often arranged at short notice with consequences for work-life balance; zero hours contracts; issues of safety and lone working)
These are significant barriers and challenges, but evidence from research, from people’s lived experience, and from the practical knowledge of people working in adult social care suggests a number of things that might help to address them.
The evidence suggested a number of things to consider. Click on each title to read more: