Wednesday, April 26, 2023
The latest Skills for Care, Social Care Workforce Data shows that vacancies have nearly doubled in the past year, with one in ten social care posts unfilled – a shortage of about 160,000 staff.
This social care workforce crisis has forced care homes to reduce capacity to ensure safe staffing levels with nearly half of all care homes (40%) refusing to take on new admissions and two thirds of home care providers (66%) refusing requests according to a recent survey carried out by the National Care Forum.
This has resulted in 20,000 people, who are medically fit to return home or to other community settings, being unable to be discharged from hospitals. This is putting unprecedented pressure on the NHS, the likes of which many NHS trusts have never seen.