Care to retain

caretoretain-websiteFollowing on from ‘Recruit to care’, where we featured guidance, advice and tips on how to recruit a high quality workforce, this month we’re supporting employers to develop, value and retain high quality workers.

We have lots of advice and resources to help you keep a valued workforce, some of which you can find in the 'resources to help you' section below. 

Follow the campaign @skillsforcare and #CareToRetain on social media. 


11 March: 'You've recruited the right people, now you need to keep them'

Article: Once you’ve found the right people with the right values for your organisation, how do you keep them? This opening article by Skills for Care Project Manager Lindsey Hanson outlines key areas employers could focus on to help retain their staff.  

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18 March: 'Reaping the many benefits of mentoring'

Blog: Kerry Richards, registered manager at Kare Plus in Weybridge, talks about how accessing support from a mentor has helped her service retain its values as it grows. Kerry has taken advantage of the mentoring benefit as part of her registered manager membership of Skills for Care.

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21 March: 'New Manager Induction Standards eLearning modules'

Article: Trained managers are essential in order to lead and retain their teams. This week sees the launch of the four new eLearning modules designed for deputies, aspiring managers and new managers to support their learning. Mapped to the Manager Induction Standards, there are now six modules available.

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25 March: 'Top five tips' 

During this month we’ve explored how important it is to invest in staff retention and how this can lead to positive benefits for:

  • employers: positive workplace culture, reduced staff turnover, time and cost savings, positive CQC ratings and the succession of existing employees
  • employees: positive workplace culture, employee wellbeing, skill and knowledge development and increased loyalty
  • people receiving care and support: high-quality care and continuity of care.

There are many different approaches employers can take to increase employee retention, here’s our top five tips:

1.    make your induction process fully supportive

2.    create a positive place to work

3.    invest in staff learning and development

4.    provide good working conditions

5.    consider how you can reward and recognise your staff.