Care workers remain highly sought after. A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that the world will be short of 12.9 million care workers by 2035, whilst 1.7 million more UK adults are set to require social care by 2030. Despite employing over 3 million health and social care workers currently, the UK remains hard-pressed, suffering from a lack of care workers as an increasingly older population and first world ‘diseases’ such as obesity and alcoholism strain care systems. As a consequence NHS spending on temporary care workers has soared by 20% last year and some councils now employ a third of their care workers through an agency.
Having a temporary care workforce is not a negative, yet it is often perceived to be a last ditch and incredibly expensive ‘sticking plaster’ for managerial oversights or unforeseen emergencies. The reality is hiring temporary care workers is a sensible and incredibly valuable solution which helps ensure key services are delivered. The issues arise when last minute recruitment opens the door to wildly inconsistent rates of pay for temporary care workers.
Partnering with de Poel health+care allows clients to take a more long-term, strategic view of their short term temporary care worker needs. We transform the emergency ‘stop-gap’ into a long-term forecasted asset, helping our clients predict spikes in demand and create a multi-skilled, optimally-priced ‘reserve pool’ of flexible care workers that can be called up at any time.
We can create these solutions to care worker shortage thanks to our recruitment know-how, as neutral managed vendor experts. We occupy a unique space, sitting in between hiring organisations and healthcare agencies to ensure an optimum relationship between the two parties, enhanced by agreed terms & conditions relating to quality and cost of care workers supplied as well as management information, visibility and control thanks to our cutting edge technology.