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Challenge 5: Getting the basics right

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We know that across the health and care system, employers do not always get the basics right. Employers need to:

  • provide for basic physical needs of their staff, such as access to healthy food at work – especially out of hours
  • provide access to support to help staff deal with the emotional strain of caring jobs
  • promote a positive work–life balance and predictable working patterns
  • pay staff fairly and provide benefits that recognise the important jobs they do
  • support staff in keeping fit and healthy, and when recovering from illness or injury
  • provide access to equipment and technology that helps staff do their job and managers run the organisations well

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After around 45 years in adult social care I've learnt an important and rewarding lesson - listen to your service users. The best training I have ever learnt is form the service users themselves, as they know what they need to be able to function. Years ago money was thrown at services and the outcome were not always positive ones. From my experience people will tell you what they need, and my job has always been to find that support or find the relivant help or advice. I've always been...

Lloyd Coombes
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My suggestion is to listen to the ideas being offered by staff. I’ve been trying to get someone at a national level to look at what we are doing at our trust with seemingly zero interest. We have used the existing system we have to go paperless for all agency bookings from booking to payment. Bookings are live and payments are made the same week. Any payment issues are able to be identified and corrected immediately. I have shown this to a few other trusts who conservatively expect it to...

Chris Pope
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Agenda for change should be the same no matter which part of the UK you are in...... Yet Northern Ireland and Scotland have different bandings. Northern Ireland is not keeping in line with the 5 year forward view on agenda for change. It doesn't bode well for staff happiness across the UK.

Jenny
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During my placements across many hospitals in the North West of England time was spent training on the various IT PLATFORMS used. Unify the IT systems, perhaps do a survey of pros and cons of each one used and come up with one that will suit all hospitals so that staff skills are easily transferable and no extra training is required. It seems non sensical that as a national service there are so many differences. 

Jenny
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The latest Skills for Care report shows around 30% turnover rate of staff in social care. Care workers that I have spoken to and data from some of our surveys and research shows that the greatest problem is retention. Care workers burn out, are paid peanuts for highly skilled and demanding work and looked down at by society. We must ensure that people want to remain working in care. We must change the way care work is perceived (Like the Professional Care Workers' Day that NACAS run this...

Karolina Gerlich
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Karolina Gerlich

things that we have been campaigning for and that are needed to help social care: -registration of all care workers which will finally show that care work is treated as a profession it should be, protect care workers and people using care services and support providers in employing people that want to make care work a career, (we already hold a voluntary register of our members) -standardised and transferable training and CPD opportunities the same that other health and social care...

Karolina Gerlich
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Karolina Gerlich

I believe that everybody delivering care professionally should be registered. NACAS maintains a register of our members.  I will continue to campaign for a compulsory, national register of care workers. Care work is a profession of looking after peoples' lives and needs to be registered for the safety of everybody.

Karolina Gerlich
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Karolina Gerlich

I would like the title ‘carer’ to be reserved for individuals who carry out the caring task as a personal responsibility without remuneration. The term ‘Care Practitioner’ or 'care worker' could replace the title ‘carer’ for a care worker. Existing roles should be categorised into different levels. Workers’ pay should also be structured along the NHS grade to reflect the skill and responsibility that comes with the grade. All care workers should be paid at least NMW for all the hours...

Karolina Gerlich
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Karolina Gerlich

The government needs to help student nurses and other students out, so that people can actually afford to study with the aim of working in the public sector. There are not enough staff and there are not enough resources, particularly in mental health. Staff, patients and students are suffering. We have students who come here who can't even afford to eat. We also need to be better paid so that our wages match the cost of living. There should be more patient care and less concern with...

Lisa36
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Most of us don't earn the kind of money we need to live nearby our place of work even with London weighting - this is now becoming more true outside London as well.  Most of us have a 1+hr travel time to work. The extended hours initiative will impact on us in terms of when we can travel, and how much it will cost etc.  Not sure if there is a solution to that but I do think that the government need to realise the impact it will have on cleaning, admin, technical and nursing staff.

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