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The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has raised said it is extremely concerned about recent media articles that name social workers in their reporting of high-profile cases, which include tragic instances of child death. BASW say least two national newspapers list the names of social workers involved in one…
Social care organisations could face increasing challenges in their recruitment unless they do more to recruit a diverse workforce. As more and more men are accessing care services, adult social care employers need to recruit a more diverse workforce that better reflects the people they support. Research by Business in…
Older people are being caught in an unemployment trap, more likely to be out of work and struggling to find another job if they are laid off or leave, according to a new study. Almost a third of people aged 50 to 64 are not in work, many recorded as…
More than one in 20 nurses have been forced to take out a payday loan to cover their everyday expenses, a new poll suggests. The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) workforce survey found that 6% of nurses have been forced to take out one of the high interest rate loans…
Brexit could have "serious implications" on Ireland's struggling health workforce, one of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) top officials has warned. Jim Campbell, director of the WHO's health workforce department, said he was concerned that post Brexit the UK may try to fill gaps left by EU migrant health workers…
Around a third of nursing posts in care homes are vacant, with providers reporting increased difficulties recruiting staff, a new report has found. Scottish Care, which represents the independent health and social care sector, estimates the vacancy level stands at 31%, up on the 28% estimate for 2016. The number…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen by 13% over the last year, prompting fears the NHS is facing "major challenges" to retain staff. More midwives and nurses are leaving the register than joining it, new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show, continuing…
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