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Older workers targeted to fill the void as post-Brexit labour gap looms
May 2017 | Older workers targeted to fill the void as post-Brexit labour gap looms
RECENT research gives an indication of an increase in unfilled UK employment posts as declining numbers of EU nationals arrive in the UK following the Leave result of last July's referendum. It has also found that employers plan to retain a greater number 'older' workers and take on more apprentices as a response to reduced labour availability.  
According to a reliable study, conducted by the CIPD and the Adecco Group, approximately 27 per cent of employers have seen evidence which indicates that EU nationals in their organisations are considering leaving their employer, or the UK entirely, during 2017. 
Simultaneously, data from the Office of National Statistics is showing that, in the nine months to June 2016, the number of EU nationals arriving in the UK halved from 60,000 per quarter to 30,000 in the three months to September 2016, following the referendum. 
More than half (56 per cent) of the estimated two and a quarter million non-UK nationals from the European Union are employed variously in wholesale and retail, health and social work, the hotel and tourism sector, food services, manufacturing and construction. 
The survey gives a strong indication that the public sector is going to be hit especially hard by impending EU skills shortages: 43 per cent of education employers and 49 per cent of health employers were of the view that EU staff were likely to consider leaving their organisation. 
This will inevitably create significant recruitment challenges in the sectors which have traditionally relied on non-UK labour to fill roles, and which are particularly at threat of the prospect of future changes to EU immigration policy. 
As a partial safeguard against the loss of EU workers, employers should collect data about their workforce and review the likely impact on training to avoid an acute skills shortage and placing too much pressure on the remaining workforce. 
It is inevitable that employers will have their work cut out to attract candidates and will have to mitigate against workforce shortages by creating an enhanced attraction towards their job vacancies, eg, via improved job specifications and, where feasible, by improving employment packages. 
Looking at these impending recruitment and retention issues from a health and safety perspective, in the UK currently there is a robust regulatory framework coupled with improving compliance data resulting in low levels of incidents, injuries and deaths. It is not therefore unduly optimistic to suggest that firms in the UK will continue to adhere to their duty of care to employees and mitigate any risks that materialise in due course, Brexit-wise. 
Among those firms surveyed who already employ EU nationals, the most common response to workforce shortages is to leave vacancies unfilled, however nearly a quarter say that they are presently investing more in skills, and just over a fifth plan to recruit more apprentices, consistent with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017. 
Furthermore, 20 per cent believe they will retain a greater number of older workers, but just fewer than a tenth of employers plan to raise pay to attract more local applicants. 
Some firms talked about their intentions to relocate some or all their operations abroad, citing the 'greater work ethic of EU nationals.' 
Zairab Zabier is managing director and solicitor at Zenith Lawyers LLP.
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Group's residents take part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
May 2017 | Group's residents take part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
BIRDS and wildlife of all shapes and sizes were spotted at 39 Care UK homes nationwide as residents took part in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  
This is the third consecutive year that the group's homes have taken part in the initiative, which forms part of the organisation's commitment to activity based care, whereby residents are supported by care teams to maintain links with the local community and to continue doing the things they enjoy.  
Residents had their binoculars at the ready and ensured bird feeders were filled for the world's largest wildlife survey. Care home teams and residents kept a record of the number and types of birds that visited the gardens during a one-hour period for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  
Skylark House resident Norma Littleford and Holbrook Primary School pupils.
Care home helps university students gain real life experience
May 2017 | Care home helps university students gain real life experience
THE team at a Colchester care home has been hosting speech and language therapy students from the University of Essex 
The students visit Silversprings every week as part of their university course, to gain skills in adapting communication to fit different conversational styles, and in communicating effectively with older people. 
Tutors recognised that communication is not only about talking, so during their time at the care home, the students have joined in with the variety of activities the Care UK team runs on a regular basis. They have also worked individually with residents to develop relationships and improve their wellbeing.
Care home supports Fiji expedition
May 2017 | Care home supports Fiji expedition
A NEWTON Aycliffe care home has raised more than £700 for its residents and the community. 
Aycliffe Care Home, which is operated by Akari Care, raised a total of £740 for its residents' comfort fund over the festive period at its winter wonderland event, with a portion of the money going to support Kathryn Griffiths, a local girl who is volunteering in Fiji next summer. 
Kathryn is going to support one of the schools in the country by helping to build proper sanitation, refurbish the facilities and also teach basic English to pupils. 
She will also be participating in a 'Week in Paradise' - a week dedicated to turtle conservation - by providing care for hatchlings, building new turtle pools and artificial reefs, as well as surveying areas and identifying different species. 
Ten per cent of all monies raised throughout the year by Aycliffe Care Home will also go towards Kathryn and her volunteering efforts.
Brian celebrates 10 successful years
May 2017 | Brian celebrates 10 successful years
COMMANDER Brian Boxall-Hunt OBE is celebrating 10 successful years as chief executive at the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society care home in Banstead, Surrey. 
The former Royal Navy officer has overseen a time of great change for the Society. The last decade has seen an ambitious raft of improvements to the home, including the installation of a dementia annexe, several royal visits and its 150th anniversary celebration in 2015. 
During Brian's time in charge, the Society has also built on its reputation for the highest standards of care for its 68 residents and 28 tenants. It was recently rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission, which paid tribute to 'a totally lovely place' and its 'excellent staff'. 
Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt OBE (left) together with Captain Duncan Glass O.B.E., M.N.M., Chairman of the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society (right).
Property News From Caring UK
Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
May 2017 | Exminster care home sold as group rationalises with further sales
SPECIALIST business property adviser Christie & Co has sold Spurfield House in Exminster near Exeter on behalf of Guinness Care & Support. 
Having closed earlier this year, it has been acquired by a specialist operator from Torquay who plans to invest in the property and reopen it as a care facility in 2017. 
The site, which stands in a sizeable plot located close to the centre of the village, is a detached period property and was previously registered to provide accommodation for 13 people. 
Christie & Co has been instructed to market the remainder of the Guinness Care & Support care home portfolio which comprises a further six homes in Exeter, Tiverton, Paignton and Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot.
Bondcare invests in North East care homes
May 2017 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
May 2017 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
May 2017 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
May 2017 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
Current & Upcoming Events
20/06/2017 | National Care Association Regional Business Clinic, Norfolk, Wensum Valley Hotel & Golf Club
28/06/2017 | Health Plus Care, Excel
05/07/2017 | Caring UK Conference, York, York Racecourse
18/07/2017 | National Care Association Regional Business Clinic, Bristol, The Players Golf Club
19/09/2017 | National Care Association Regional Business Clinic, Birmingham, Lapal House