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The bid to improve Norfolk’s children’s services department could be boosted by the creation of an ‘academy’ to produce social workers at the University of East Anglia. The council says it is in discussions with the UEA to develop an ‘academy’ approach to recruiting large groups of newly qualified social…
Legislation to enforce compulsory registration for the current phase of compulsory workforce registration is now in effect. Employers should be aware that under these Regulations, it is an offence for a provider to employ a person in the positions described below if they do not meet the requirements for relevant…
Monday, 20 Jan, 2014

Imagining the Future

What might social services look like in 2025? In 2013 IRISS ran a series of workshops to help us understand the technical, medical and cultural forces that will shape the future. These workshops informed three ‘think pieces’ or reports - on citizenship, the workforce and technology. To bring these reports…
Care UK has revamped its benefits offering with the launch of an online portal to give nurses, carers and remote workers easy access to its employee reward scheme. The health and social care provider said the portal would help its staff save money and easily find useful information about discounts…
The proportion of workers employed in the public sector is at its lowest level since 1999. New figures from the Scottish Government showed that in the third quarter of this year, 22.7% of Scots who were in employment were working in the public sector. When the figures began in 1999,…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES)  invite you to take part in one of the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) practice learning and sharing events taking place in February 2014. The events will take place in:     Glasgow – 3 February     Aberdeen –…
Hiring intentions across the public sector have ‘flatlined’, with job losses remaining highest in local government, according to a survey. Charting responses from 2,100 UK employers, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey claimed hiring intentions in the public sector remain at 0% for the first three months of 2014. This latest…
Forty jobs are to be created by a care agency based at the Somer Valley Enterprise Park at Paulton. Bluebird Care (Bath and North East Somerset), which also has officers in Bath, will be holding pop-up recruitment fairs in the New Year to attract the extra staff. Bluebird Care already…
A children’s home manager who assaulted a teenager with learning difficulties has been suspended by a tribunal. Kevin Parr-Burman was barred for a year by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after he accepted a police caution for “inappropriately” restraining the 15-year-old at a children’s home in Fitzwilliam Road,…
Workers who care for adults with learning disabilities in Doncaster are considering strike action over proposals to slash their pay. Employees who work for Care UK are said to be facing cuts of up to 50 per cent in their wages after the social care provider announced proposed changes to…
Councils, the NHS and other public bodies have saved an estimated £1 billion with the loss of 26,600 full-time workers over the last four years, according to a report. But the public sector will "need to make further workforce changes" because of financial pressures, public spending watchdog Audit Scotland said,…
Over half of Britain’s social workers feel they have more to give in their career in order to reach their full potential. •    Over half (52%) of social workers say they are yet to reach their full potential and have more to give at work•    Staff feel they can give…