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Turning the tide of healthcare recruitment

We all know that the health and social care industry is one that struggles to retain staff and that this subsequently impacts care providers being able to offer the continuous, quality provision of care clients deserve. It’s an industry that like it or not, the chances are that one day it is going to play a part in each of our lives; either directly or indirectly.

Kelly Feehan, Services Director at CABA, speaks of a ’squeezed middle’ in which parents often find themselves caught between ailed parents and children who both require equal amounts of care and attention. Logically, individuals and families often turn to social care provision with understandably, the highest levels pf expectations for the care they or their loved ones will receive.  

Some candidates look at caring as a short term option, others do it to purely to fit in with family commitments and others have chosen to work in the sector with a dedicated focus. Whilst the role of a carer may be one of the most fulfilling careers, the reality is that packages on offer can make even a time served carer look at other avenues of work.

As reported recently in a BBC article, the numbers of staff leaving the industry is increasing each day and yet at the same time, the population is ageing and the demand for adult social care services is increasing. When speaking with the BBC, Sue Gregory, who has been a care home nurse in North Yorkshire for 13 years said that "You just can't provide a consistent level of care if you have to keep recruiting new people". With a turnover rate of 27%, almost twice the average for other industries in the U.K., retention of staff is one of the major hurdles health and social care providers face.

But what if there was another option?

Here are Quarsh, we not only take the time to understand your business, but also our candidates and know what makes them tick. We plan to help turn around healthcare recruitment processes, enabling providers to offer the care we would all wish to receive. Our approach is to change the way in which applicants view you as an employer, and with the right support and training we can help you attract and retain the best candidates.

We have a simple yet proven approach to recruitment; we will design an approach that suits you as an individual business within the healthcare industry. By consulting with you, we will improve your employer branding, staff retention and internal recruitment processes alongside reducing your agency spend and overall recruitment costs. Reviewing your processes will give you the edge in a competitive market, making you an employer of choice.

Interested in finding out how we can help you? Give us a call on 01908 889718 and one of our team will be happy to have a conversation with you around how we can help improve your recruitment and retention strategies.