Planning to recruit for values

Panning to recruit for values 250 x 250pxValues-based recruitment is an approach where people are recruited based on their individual values and behaviours that closely align with the values of your organisation.

It helps employers take on the right people, who know what it means to provide high-quality care and support and who are more likely to stay.

Before recruiting people with the right values and behaviours, you need to identify and agree your own workplace values.



We have increasingly seen that a positive workplace culture, 


on meaningful values and an engaged workforce, creates a more 

person-centred approach to care.
CQC, The state of health care and adult social care in England 2017/18

Our ‘example values framework’ describes some of the values and behaviours which are central to providing good quality care and support.

You can then use our mapping document to identify your organisational values, and any behaviours or competency frameworks which may require further development.

This checklist can be used to identify the aspects of values-based recruitment that you have in place, as well as areas for further development.

Workplace culture is the character and personality of your organisation. It's made up of your organisation's leadership, values, traditions and beliefs, and the behaviours and attitudes of the people in it. It offers a sense of shared identity and influences what people think or do.

Having a positive workplace culture is vital to delivering high quality care and support. It also helps you to recruit and retain like-minded and talented people.

Our ‘Culture toolkit’ can help you to develop a positive workplace culture based on shared values. The toolkit includes a selection of activities, resources and links to ensure they are understood by everyone.

People from all kinds of backgrounds can have the right values to work in social care and bring a wealth of skills, experience, perspectives and ideas to your workforce.

Open recruitment is the removal of any unfair barriers preventing the employment of people from all kinds of backgrounds. It allows employers to fill skills gaps that exist throughout the whole workforce (including roles that don’t involve direct care).

For support on how to confidently recruit and retain people facing barriers to employment, visit the ‘seeing potential’ area of our website.

The Government’s ‘See Potential’ campaign helps employers make simple changes to their recruitment practices to employ people from all kinds of backgrounds.

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