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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Recruitment and retention

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Proud to Care Devon supports all health and care providers in Devon to recruit people with the right values, to develop people and to retain a skilled workforce.

The Proud to Care Devon campaign promotes working in health and care in Devon as a great career choice.  It’s free for all health and care providers to advertise job vacancies, including work placements, apprenticeships and volunteer roles. These can be very easily uploaded onto the Proud to Care Devon jobs board.   If you need any assistance with this then please contact ProudtoCare@devon.gov.uk.

There is strong evidence from Skills for Care that values-based recruitment results in lower staff turnover.  There is a wealth of information on the Skills for Care website, including the Secrets of Success research of employers with less than 10% staff turnover and Finding and Keeping Workers.

Please see new DBS Guidance for Social Care Roles

Neil Eastwood, Author of Amazon bestseller Saving Social Care, offers weekly tips on recruitment and retention.  Sign up via neil@stickypeople.co.uk.  He also has a presentation available.

Parking permits are available for care and health staff to park for free and unlimited time when on house visits.

Skills for Care have produced useful guidance on employing 16-18 year olds:

This guidance confirms that 16 – 18 year old practitioners can be employed in adult social care providing:

  • they have completed or are undertaking an approved training programme in health and social care
  • the registered manager or a delegated person assesses the competence and confidence of the young worker to carry out all the tasks required of them, including where necessary intimate personal care
  • that appropriate support is offered to the young worker
  • the consent of the person being supported and/or their advocate has been obtained
  • inexperienced practitioners are not left in charge of a care setting or left to work on their own.

The Transform Research from Exeter University includes recommendations for improving retention of care workers in Devon

Recruitment and Retention issues in the Adult Social Care Workforce – October 2017

Nursing and Care Home Recruitment and Retention – April 2019

See our Proud to Care Top Tips for Improving Recruitment and Retention.

The Skills for Care Safe and Fair Recruitment Workshop gives information about recruiting people who have a criminal record.

If you would like any further support with recruitment and retention, please contact proudtocare@devon.gov.uk


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