East of England suffers greatest rise in vacancy rates

Care home staff vacancies have continued to increase across England, particularly in the southeast, the southwest, the east of England and London, the CQC has said.

Building on the findings published in its State of Care report, the CQC says that between quarters one and three of 2021, vacancy rates in the east of England rose 6.8 percentage points, and London at 2.8 percentage points. In quarter one, the east of England had the lowest vacancy rate in quarter one (5.3 per cent) and London the highest (9.6 per cent).

The data, taken from provider information returns (PIR) of residential adult social care, also reveal lower than average vacancy rates in the Midlands, the north east, Yorkshire and the northwest. In quarter three, the northeast and Yorkshire had the lowest staff vacancy rate at 9.6 per cent.

  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has also published data on wellbeing of people who use care services post-lockdown. The data reveals that care was most impacted by increased waiting times for appointments and procedures (49 per cent) and a lack of resources and equipment (24 per cent).  Nearly three quarters of carers (73 per cent) say that the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have had an impact on the mental health of the person they care for. Just 17 per cent of people in England expect services to improve in the next 12 months.
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