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Over 10,000 registrants and signatories have now created a MyCareCouncil account, according to figures released by the Care Council for Wales. MyCareCouncil aims to lessen the bureaucracy of registration making it easier for applicants to cut through the red tape. Although MyCareCouncil has been running for a year and is…
More than half the population don’t understand the caring professions like nursing and social work according to recruiter Randstad Care. They polled 173 people who work in the care sector to ask them if their friends really understood the industry that they worked in. Randstad Care’s analysis showed that less…
Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots, has come under fire for failing to tackle the severe problem with the payment of staff salaries. Unison says frontline staff have been pushed to the limit by a "totally shambolic" system that began last October. A Department of Health spokeswoman said the minister…
Care workers do demanding work for low pay, and social care services are being delivered in an increasingly challenging environment, yet service users, their carers and families have increasing expectations about service quality and care workers’ skills and attributes. This Round-up finds that: there is no conclusive evidence that increased…
A report into mental health services at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has highlighted a shortage of permanent staff and a reliance on agency workers. It followed a visit by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission, invited as part of a new monitoring regime. They found services were generally…
Unison has today notified the Cardiff city council of its intention to hold a ballot of its members over the council’s intention to impose a cut to working hours. The workforce agreement was approved by the council in February and would see hours reduced from 37 to 36 a week…
Zero hours contracts should not be used by employers in most cases, according to a committee of MPs which voiced alarm at what it sees as the increasing use of casual labour across the UK. A report by the Commons' Scottish Affairs Committee concluded that the use of such contracts…
Regulators will be able to strike off or discipline doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who cannot communicate clearly in English, under plans announced today. A new draft Bill published by the Law Commission will unite the nine bodies currently covering healthcare, allowing them to work from one legislative framework. At…
More than a fifth of social care professionals worry about losing their jobs – considerably more than in 2009 in the wake of high-profile scandals affecting the sector, according to new research from specialist recruiter Randstad Care. In a study of over 2,000 British employees, Randstad Care accessed feelings of…
The Whistleblowing Helpline’s new publication Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and Employers in Health and Social Care, is now available to download. Key sections in the guidance include: the importance of whistleblowing as an early warning system of problems, which research shows is often ignored an outline…
Workers on controversial zero-hours contracts should get a legal right to a fixed-hours arrangement after 12 months, a think-tank has concluded. The Resolution Foundation's suggestion came as part of a raft of proposals to reform zero-hours contracts, which have been a topic of mounting political debate as they do not…
The number of people working for the NHS in England has increased slightly, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show. Over 1.36 million people were working for the NHS in England at 30 September 2013 an increase of 0.4 per cent (5,870) on 2012. This constitutes an increase…