Care Homes Biggest Challenge is to Recruit and Retain Staff

Nov 7, 2019
Scott is the partner responsible for looking after the firm’s healthcare and medical sector clients. Scott also specialises in advising small businesses.
Biggest challenge for care homes is to recruit and retain staff

According to global property adviser Knight Frank, staffing is still the most difficult challenge in terms of cost and recruitment. The ‘Care homes trading performance review – 2019’ has shown that there is a lot of difficulty in attracting qualified nurses and carers. Therefore, many care home operators are relying on agency staff which comes at an additional cost.

In the past decade average staff cost have risen to £25,938 in 2018/19 on a per resident per annum basis this is a 50% increase. It is believed that the reason why this has increased is due to the rise in the national living wage which has increased to £8.21 for people aged above 25.

Average weekly fees have increased by 8% in 2018/19 to £837. The main reasons for this are staff cost increase, elderly people are now entering care homes with more severe medical conditions. Care standards have been improved which is forcing care homes in invest to meet these new standards.

How can we help

At Hawsons we have a dedicated team of healthcare and medical accountants at our offices in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Northampton. We pride ourselves on the in-depth knowledge and experience our team have developed in a number of specialist areas, across the healthcare sector, including GPs, care homes and pharmacies.

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Scott Sanderson is a healthcare partner at Hawsons

Scott Sanderson

Partner, Sheffield