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Recruitment and recovery challenges in the care sector post-pandemic

Jennifer Johnston, associate in law firm BLM’s occupational disease team in London, considers how the sector can proactively tackle the recruitment challenge and provides practical advice for care home employers.

While there is a sense of optimism within the care sector following a turbulent 18 months, there remains several challenges to contend with, particularly recruitment.

Understaffing proved a huge challenge during the pandemic: many workers who typically operated across several care homes pre-pandemic were no longer able to; changes to immigration law made non-British workers sparse; there was no real mention of social care reform in the Queen’s speech; and the decision to make vaccines mandatory in the sector from November will also provide another hurdle.

It has been a challenging time for everyone involved with social care, with the sector now facing several serious recruitment and recovery challenges.

Ageing population, growing skills shortage

According to independent social work charity Skills for Care, there were 112,000 vacant roles in adult social care in England last year, and this number is anticipated to rise si

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