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Struggling to retain staff? Flexible training options can be the answer
August 2022 | Struggling to retain staff? Flexible training options can be the answer
Latest research from Connect2Care demonstrates the importance of investing in staff training and development. 
 
There are few sectors whose workforce has been impacted by the pandemic in the same way as social care. While the UK has been slowly learning to live with Covid-19, its lasting effect on those working in care is clear to see. In recent research conducted by Connect2Care, 100% of care managers surveyed said they were struggling to retain staff. 
 
So, what can be done to ease the strain on care managers and help the care workforce feel valued and secure in their roles? The flexible training options offered through apprenticeships could be the answer your care home is looking for. 
 
Connect2Care has dedicated itself to help solve the UK care sector's staffing crisis and has launched a Q&A toolkit 'See the Opportunity' to clearly outline the options available to care businesses. 
 
Flexible training options are key to attracting ambitious individuals to organisations and - importantly - keeping them there by providing ongoing opportunities to upskill and progress in their caring career. 
 
While 87.5% of employers in care believe that further training investment would help to recruit and retain staff, less than 40% offer apprenticeships to employees at all career levels. This is despite 90.3% of care sector employees saying they would be more likely to stay in a role if their employer invested in their training from the outset. 
 
This is where apprenticeships can help. There is a misconception that apprenticeships are a linear or formulaic approach to training. Thankfully, the flexible delivery options that are available to employers via apprenticeships mean that everyone has access to career development via a model that suits their individual needs.  
 
Connect2Care's study showed that most care operators are interested in flexible training options, with 75% of employers in the sector saying they would consider front-loaded training to help speed-up the process. More than 90% of employees in the field would be more willing to start an apprenticeship or training course if they could condense learning into a shorter period. 
 
Many care providers are not yet aware of the numerous flexible training routes available for employees, so that's why Connect2Care's new toolkit demystifies some of the complexities surrounding apprenticeships. The toolkit answers common questions many employers have about how they can maximise these opportunities - and which is the best route to take so that their people can prosper. 
 
Find out which apprenticeship pathway will work best for your organisation with Connect2Care's See the Opportunity toolkit which can be downloaded for free at https://connect2care.net/resources/see-the-opportunity/
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Care leaders condemn 'pay to visit' testing
August 2022 | Care leaders condemn 'pay to visit' testing
CARE leaders have condemned plans to make care and nursing home visitors pay for Covid-19 tests. 
The Independent Care Group urged the Government to reverse the proposal which it said was penalising those who had suffered enough. 
Free Covid-19 tests will end in April but people visiting loved ones in care settings, including care and nursing homes, will still need a test to visit. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'Caring families have suffered enough without having this further indignity thrust upon them. This is penalising those who have suffered enough already. 
'This cost is going to fall on those who are doing that most precious and vital thing - visiting a loved one. It is wrong on every level and shows the flagrant disregard the Government has for the care sector. 
'If, in a civilised society, we cannot enable people to visit their loved ones without having to bear the cost of measures to keep them safe, then we are in a sorry state indeed. 
'What happens to a family - maybe two or three people - who want to visit a beloved father, mother or grandparent two, three or even four times a week? Are we saying unless you pay up you can't? 
'This is treating social care with contempt and we urge the Government to rethink it immediately.'
We'll pay your bills if you work for us, says care group
August 2022 | We'll pay your bills if you work for us, says care group
WORK for us and we'll pay your bills - that's the incentive being offered by an enterprising care company.\r\nSaint Cecilia's Care Group is offering to pay household bills up to £1,000 for any new care staff who join the company.\r\nThe care group has care staff vacancies at its five homes across Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby.\r\nSaint Cecilia's director Aaron Padgham said: 'Some of the biggest challenges facing people at the moment are rising bills and so we are offering to ease that worry for anyone who would like to join us.\r\n'Whether you are new to care or in another position, we will be happy to pay mortgage, gas, electric, water or any other bills, up to a total of £1,000, to any new carers at Saint Cecilia's.'\r\nThe offer is part of an ongoing recruitment campaign the care group is running to find staff for its homes.\r\nSaint Cecilia's recently added Oakland nursing home in Whitby to its family of centres. \r\nIt also has a nursing home, two care homes and a day care centre in Scarborough and a care home in Pickering.
QCS to launch 'Building a Better Workforce Together' Survey
August 2022 | QCS to launch 'Building a Better Workforce Together' Survey
Resilient, resourceful and resolute are adjectives that best describe the UK's army of care professionals. But these are challenging times for them and their sector. A telling comment from Nuffield Trust on Skills for Care's latest report said the workforce is 'close to being overwhelmed entirely by a toxic combination of pressures'. Over 410,000 care workers left their jobs last year. COVID-19 and Brexit have exacerbated the perennial recruitment and retention hurdles, while government funding to enable care services to increase pay and to support mental wellbeing has failed to materialise. Whilst we know that funding is the key to keeping frontline managers in place, it's just as important to understand the workforce challenges that care settings face. It is only then that we, as a sector, can begin to solve them. With over 130,000 care workers at all levels, across 6,000-plus care providers, who have all chosen Quality Compliance Systems, QCS is in a particularly strong position to take the pulse of the sector. In order to do so, we have created a Building a Better Workforce Together survey.Our aim is to find out what keeps people working in the sector and what pain-points put them at risk of leaving? And for those that choose to stay, what improvements would make their jobs easier? The results, which we plan to widely share before the end of the year, will help us to form an accurate picture. This in turn will ensure that QCS continues to lead the way in supplying the right people with the right tools at the right time, enabling them to provide outstanding care. Thank you for your help.
Taxi! Dorset care home residents peruse unusual cab for charity
August 2022 | Taxi! Dorset care home residents peruse unusual cab for charity
CARE home residents have enjoyed a hands-on look at Dorset's most eye-catching taxi, helping disadvantaged children in the process. \r\nColten Care homes Bourne View in Poole and Avon Cliff in Bournemouth both welcomed visits by the former London cab on a road trip aimed at raising £100,000 for Variety Wessex.\r\nIn an initiative by charity supporter the BC Club, business people are taking it in turns to spend a week driving the taxi around the conurbation, showing it off as they seek donations. \r\nEach club member who drives the cab has to pay £250 for the privilege and make one addition to the vehicle.\r\nSo far these have included an outboard engine, a surfboard on the roof, fluffy dice on the rear-view mirror, a Dukes of Hazzard-style air horn and even a toilet in place of the passenger seat.
Property News From Caring UK
August 2022 | Guide sees record entries and recognises award winners  
A GLOBAL property adviser has launched the fifth edition of its prestigious annual UK Luxury Care Home Guide. 
Knight Frank's 2021 Luxury Care Home Guide comprises the UK's top 100 luxury care homes and three overall winners of the Luxury Care Home Guide Awards who are each judged on numerous criteria including architecture, interior design and care quality. 
Julian Evans, head of healthcare at Knight Frank, said: 'We are pleased to have launched our 2021 edition of The Luxury Care Home Guide, which has cemented itself as the ultimate recognition for luxury care homes in the UK as evidenced by the record number of submissions totalling an extraordinary £5billion of assets that we received this year.  
'This year's top 100 luxury care homes showcases the top-of-the-range facilities, the vast majority of which are able to efficiently manage Covid-19 due to their future proof design, throughout the UK with the three award winners embodying the very best of the sector.' 
This year's winners were: 
· Luxury Care Home Award 2021, which recognises the highest quality hospitality and care services in a prestigious setting: Graysford Hall (Sanders Senior Living). 
· Care Home Design Award 2021, which recognises innovation, design, sustainability and the environment: Cavendish Park (Majesticare). 
· Refurbishment and Renovation Award 2021 which recognises heritage, redesign and repositioning: The Chocolate Works Care Village (Springfield Healthcare) 
This year, owing to Covid-19, the Knight Frank 2021 Luxury Care Home Guide award winners were selected via virtual inspections of each of the finalist's facilities by the judging panel. 
 
 
New owners for West Sussex care home
August 2022 | New owners for West Sussex care home
CORPORATE lawyers at regional law firm Lodders have supported the owners of a 20-bed residential care home on its sale. 
The retiring owners of the CQC-registered, 20-bed Cornelius House in Fishbourne, West Sussex, have sold 100 per cent of the business to Alchemy Care Holdings Limited in the deal brokered by Lodders - the firm they used when they purchased the home in 2005. 
John Kellas and his wife were each 50 per cent shareholders of Cornelius House, which provides full time and respite care to up to 20 residents.  
Head of Lodders' corporate and commercial team in Stratford upon Avon, Kim Klahn, acted for Mr and Mrs Kellas, with support from associate Leanne Lawrence, and Victor Matts, former head of the team who acted for the couple on the home's purchase in 2005. 
Kim said: 'Mr and Mrs Kellas took the decision to sell Cornelius House as part of their retirement plans. 
'Having made the decision, the aim was to find a buyer and complete the sale as quickly as possible. John turned to Lodders for legal advice and support on this important transaction, being familiar with the firm's capabilities and expertise in this area, especially in share capital transactions, from when he purchased the home 15 years earlier.  
'The timing of the sale was significant for Mr and Mrs Kellas for personal reasons, and we succeeded in progressing to completion quickly.'
New HQ investment to support group growth
August 2022 | New HQ investment to support group growth
RANDOLPH Hill Nursing Homes Group has relocated to a new, larger head office as part of its ongoing expansion.  
The company, which operates nursing homes across central and east Scotland, has moved to a new 4,000 square foot group headquarters in the Redheughs Rigg Business Park in Edinburgh's South Gyle. 
The move to the new premises follows a number of key appointments within the group to support its ongoing expansion. They include the recruitment of a care standards manager, recruitment manager, facilities manager and marketing manager. 
Managing director Peter McCormick said: 'The new head office will enable us to enhance the support we provide and give us room for further growth across the group.  
'Over recent years we have been investing in both new and existing sites to ensure we retain the highest care standards for our residents. 
'Despite the current challenges in managing Covid-19 across all our homes, we remain fully committed to maintaining that investment and keeping our growth plans on track going forward.' 
Randolph Hill is nearing completion of a new, £9m home in Livingston, which is due to open early next year. The 60 bedroom site will become the group's seventh home and will create up to 80 new jobs.
Work begins on new Purley care home
August 2022 | Work begins on new Purley care home
BARCHESTER Healthcare marked the start of its newest care home build in Purley, which is under construction by McGoff Construction Ltd. 
The 72-bed care home is set to open in Spring 2022. The home will provide residential care services, as well as dedicated dementia care in Barchester's unique Memory Lane communities. 
Barchester's senior property development manager Andy Williams said: "We are thrilled to see the start of work on site here in Purley, and are excited to bring a high quality care provision to the local area. 
'Our care home will offer luxury surroundings for residents, and with 25 years' experience will bring Barchester's high quality care and expertise in caring for residents.  
'The luxury care home in Purley will provide residents with a home set in beautiful grounds, and will deliver personalised residential care, as well as dementia care within an interactive multi-sensory environment. 
'Our new home will also provide employment opportunities in the local community.' 
To officiate the start of the construction, Andy was joined by head of marketing Mandy Macara, who met with McGoff Construction project manager Drew Campbell, alongside McGoff's Construction contracts manager Craig Clancy and Holden and Lee project manager Michael Hilton to take a tour of the site. 
 
Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
August 2022 | Silverline Care expands portfolio with the acquisition of Victorguard Care  
SILVERLINE Care is operating an additional three care homes in Bradford following the successful acquisition of Victorguard Care.  
The care homes (The Beeches, Willow Bank and Laurel Bank) are leased from Impact Healthcare, they are all purpose-built and offer 182 beds in total, with strong transport links, gardens and en-suite bathrooms. 
The acquisition, which took place in March, takes the number of homes under Silverline Care management to 12 in total, of which six are in Scotland and six in Yorkshire.  
Danny Wulwick, director of acquisitions at Silverline Care, said: 'We are delighted to welcome the residents, families and staff at Victorguard into the Silverline Care family.  
"Our vision at Silverline is to be the leading care provider in each of the local communities we serve.  
"We believe these three homes have great potential and we have ensured that there is a strong budget to support and reposition the homes, safeguarding their future."