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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Recruitment and retention




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

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

>We have recently run Improving Retention of Care Workers workshops and Values-based recruitment workshops.  If you would like to attend future workshops please email   

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

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

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

Executive Summary 

Full Report

Adult Social Care Sector in Devon Final report, March 2015

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


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

Due to the nature of work in the social care sector it is important there is robust procedures surrounding recruitment of ex-offenders. However, blanket rejection of applicants who any caution or conviction for all roles within the social care sector will lead to the loss of people who have the right values and skills to work in the sector. There are more than 11 million people in the UK with a criminal record which is more than 20% of the working age population.

Please refer to resources from the Skills for Care website.

DBS Guidance

Skills for Care Safe and Fair Recruitment Guide

Volunteers would ease issues experienced due to staff shortage in the social care sector and add several benefits to the organisation.

Due to the nature of a care setting, the sector has often been a blind spot for the voluntary sector, and it would be naïve to assume that bringing volunteers into this busy and complex setting would be easy. Therefore, clear processes for recruitment, selection, training, induction and support must be put in place.

If any of you are considering putting in place volunteering schemes within your organisations it is worth looking at resources from Health Education England (HEE) and from the NCVO these strategies and toolkits have all the information needed to set up a volunteering scheme within the health and social care sector.

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

If you would like any further support with recruitment and retention, please contact

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