England’s 1.47 million adult social care staff have been asked to help shape policies aimed at ensuring they are better recognised and valued by their employers.
The Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage has called on the adult social care workforce for their views on employee benefits and in the sector, as part of a Government drive to improve recruitment and retention.
Ministers want to know whether their employer offers any benefits or reward schemes, if this influenced their choice of job or makes them feel valued, and if there’s anything else they’d like to see being offered. Examples of schemes offered as part of an employee benefits package include:
• Flexible working arrangements
• ‘Employee of the month’ awards
• Cycle to work schemes
• Discounts on shopping, holidays, cinema, gym, dining and more
Speaking at the ADASS Spring Seminar, the Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said:
“Many adult social care providers provide outstanding packages of employee benefits, but it is time to ensure better access across the country. Our adult social care staff deserve to be recognised and feel valued for the incredible, life-changing work they do, and I know that this isn’t always the case.
“I want our brilliant adult social care workforce to share examples of employee benefits and rewards schemes offered by their employers. This is their chance to have their say and help shape national policies that could benefit staff working across the sector.”
New ADASS President Julie Ogley said:
“People who work in adult social care are highly skilled, valued and committed, but unfortunately do not always get the recognition and rewards they deserve. This challenge will help to improve this and encourage greater recruitment and retention of our vital workforce.
“Every minute of every day, social care workers make an essential difference to all of those in our communities who need care and support, transforming their lives.
“Social care staff deserve to be rewarded fairly for the work they do, which needs to be part of a long-term sustainable funding solution for the sector as a whole.”
The workforce have been asked to feed in their views throughout May via Talk Health and Care, the first engagement platform of its kind where NHS and social care staff can feed ideas directly back to ministers and government, to better inform policy-making. It is the brainchild of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and since its launch in September ideas by frontline staff have already made a difference to policies that affect them, for example the regulation of physician associates, the improvement of shift rota systems in the NHS and informing the Health Education England Bullying and Harassment Guidance.
This follows the Every Day is Different national adult social care recruitment campaign launched in February to raise the image and profile of the sector.