It’s been designed to help you as an employer – however many people you employ – in recruiting the right people, with the right social care values, whom you can trust to do the right thing and who will stay with you to develop their careers in social care and add value to your service.
We’ve based it on a model of values-based recruitment, which gives employers, especially smaller or micro-employers who may be unfamiliar with the approach, an opportunity to try it out and gauge the effect on their workforce and their service.
There are two important workforce challenges faced by the social care sector: to recruit people with the right values and behaviours to undertake such important roles in the right way and to meet the increasing demands of a growing sector.
The key questions that all social care employers – big, small and individual – are asking are: how do we find and attract sufficient applicants for our vacant posts, and then how do we check that they are suitable for the work and are likely to stay, develop and progress?
Although the overall social care workforce is growing (it currently stands at c. 1.56 million people), there are current shortfalls in filling vacancies and there is evidence, from Skills for Care through the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC)and other sources, of a high level of vacancy and turnover rates, including significant churn in some areas.
This has implications for care quality. Shortfalls in the workforce are an expression of unmet social care need.
High turnover rates, particularly in the first few weeks following appointment, are often an indication that people have come into care and support roles but do not have the right values to sustain them in those roles.
High turnover and churn rates lead to lack of continuity – a factor that counts highly with people who use services.
And there is a risk (even a fear) that employers will take on candidates without the right social care values, with potentially
profound implications for the care of vulnerable people.
When we talk about values in social care, we mean things like:
|Treating people with dignity||Adaptability|
These values underpin all the training, skills and competences that people have. They are the kinds of values that make the difference in the delivery of care and support services. Recruiting people with these values is about having the right people in place from the start, who will not just do the right thing but do it in the right way, so that you can deliver, or (if you’re a person using care and support services who’s also a personal employer) obtain, truly person-centred services.
These social care values are at the heart of the Care and Support Bill; the national nursing and midwifery strategy, Compassion in Practice; and the Government’s responses to the report on Winterbourne View and the Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.
The easiest way to find out about someone’s underlying values is to ask them about how they behave in their everyday lives. People experience our values through our behaviours, and a good indicator of how people will behave in the future is how they have behaved in the past.
So, to recruit for the right values, you can:
We’ve put together this toolkit with all of these ideas in mind, to give you a number of tools and resources you can use.
You don’t need to use all of these sources of information and help – you can select the ones that are useful to you at any one time.
You can find more information about recruitment and retention at: