Recruitment and retention strategy

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The refreshed recruitment and retention strategy has been developed for the sector by the sector and will take us from 2014 to 2017.

Launched in September 2014 the strategy focuses on the roles and commitments made by employers, key delivery partners, representative bodies and government departments and shows how their collective programmes of work will impact upon the key priority areas outlined:

  • raise the profile of adult social care and the career opportunities it offers to help attract more people with the right values and skills to work in the sector
  • encourage and enable better recruitment practices
  • address the issue of above average turnover rates that exist in the sector.

Against each of the major programmes, links are provided to further information for those who want to find out more or get involved.

The strategy will be supported by a more detailed implementation plan for employers and priority groups or individuals.

To download the strategy click on the link below:

Recruitment and retention strategy 2014-17

The strategy has been prepared by Skills for Care on behalf of the Department of Health’s recruitment and retention group.

Skills for Care commissioned research to uncover good practice examples in attracting and retaining workers. The research confirmed what we already thought; that combining good communication, training and worker independence creates motivating and rewarding environments which leads to higher level of staff satisfaction and loyalty. The research found that addressing these issues should see an increase in retention levels.

Executive summary workforce retention report

Workforce retention full research report

We have produced case studies to demonstrate how organisations working in different environments can use the findings to help with their recruitment and retention issues.

Our latest infographic uses data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) and illustrates the number of people joining and leaving the adult social care workforce in England on an annual basis. 
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