What does Brexit mean for Social Care?

Date: Wednesday 3rd May 10 – 4pm
Location: Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, Holdenhurst Road
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Social care in the UK is already facing unprecedented challenges in terms of the recruitment and retention of staff across the sector. There is already an estimated vacancy rate of 5.4 per cent, rising to 7.7 per cent in domiciliary care services. Another challenge for this sector is the retention of a suitably qualified workforce, and high staff turnover is an on-going problem with an overall turnover rate of 25.4 per cent (equating to around 300,000 workers leaving their role each year) (Skills for Care 2015).

The impact of Brexit on workforce development may intensify existing challenges of ensuring the quality and sustainability of the UK social care workforce, a significant proportion of which are EU/EEA citizens (6% nationally, 7.5% in the south-west). This represents 80,000 of the 1.3 million workers in the adult social care sector (Health and Social Care Information Centre 2015; Skills for Care 2016).

These workers currently face uncertainty over their rights to continue living and working in the UK as it exits the EU. The impact of Brexit may exacerbate the difficulties of recruiting and retaining workers within social care, a relatively low pay sector.

This workshop aims to open a dialogue on this issue between academic researchers, social care professionals and practitioners or organisations that support EU (and non-EU) workers. This dialogue will identify core challenges and consider how research can best be used to address the issue. Participants will be invited to shape the design and scope of future research projects, which bring positive impacts for the social care sector and its workforce.

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Rebecca Kay, University of Glasgow, lead of ‘Social Support and Migration in Scotland’ action research project. http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/research/ssamis/background/

Workshop organisers: Dr Rosie Read: http://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/rread

Dr Lee-Ann Fenge: http://staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/lfenge

To participate, please register here https://brexit-social-care.eventbrite.co.uk


Health and Social Care Information Centre (2015). ‘NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): All staff by nationality and main staff group in England as at 30 September 2015’. HSCIC website. Available at: www.hscic.gov.uk/media/20194/All-staff-by-staff-group-nationality-and-HEE-region—full-time-equivalents-and-headcount—Sep-2015/xls/Staff_groups_by_nationality_and_HEE_region_FTE_and_HC_-_Sep_2015_-_Final.xlsx.

Skills for Care (2015). The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England. Skills for Care website. Available at: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/NMDS-SC-intelligence/NMDS-SC/Workforce-data-and-publications/State-of-the-adult-social-care-sector.aspx