Too few applicants for social care in Scotland

Too few applicants, with not enough experience, is the main reason for care workforce shortages in Scotland, the Scottish regulator has said.

Writing in the report Staff vacancies in care services 2018, the Care Inspectorate finds that  58 per cent of care homes for older people had vacancies that were hard to fill, which is significantly above the national average for all care services (47 per cent). 

 The annual workforce report finds that overall staffing levels have risen 1.3 per cent on the previous year, to  181,540 staff, of whom around 53,500 (29 per cent of workers) work in care homes for adults and older people.

In the report, the regulator accepts that an effective and stable staff team is strongly associated with providing high quality care. It says: “It allows trusting relationships to develop between people providing and experiencing care and supports positive experiences and outcomes.”

It adds: “The skills, experience and values of social service staff are just as important as having the right number of them in place.”

The report comes as the Scottish Government launches the ‘There’s More To Care Than Caring’ campaign to promote careers in adult social care.

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