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How Will Mandatory Vaccines Perpetuate the Recruitment and Retention Crisis?

New regulations mean that COVID vaccinations are now a condition of deployment for staff in CQC registered care homes. As of 11th November, anyone entering a care home (including visiting professionals) must be vaccinated.

If staff are unwilling to take up the vaccine, they will face dismissal from their role. As a result, adult social care providers – who already faced significant staffing issues pre-pandemic – are now expected to see even harsher shortages.

We are not talking in insignificant numbers here; a recent survey revealed that 62 per cent of care home staff believed colleagues would have to leave their role because they’re against having the vaccine.[1] This would leave the industry with a grossly inadequate number of skilled workers to support vulnerable people.

It was announced last week that all frontline health and social care staff must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022 – this means that both NHS and private dentists, dental nurses and patient-facing administrative staff within dental practices will now be required to take up the vaccine. Professionals who don’t see patients face-to-face will be exempt from these rules.

Like in the care sector, the implementation of compulsory vaccinations will perpetuate an already existing recruitment and retention crisis amongst Health and Social Care Workers. It’s getting harder to attract new applicants and to keep the staff you already have.

Are you concerned about the effect this could have on your business? Sign up for the two-hour webinar, Recruitment and Retention with Barrow and Buxton, during which Chris Barrow and Sarah Buxton will share the lessons they've learned from advising clients over the last 18 months.

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Two essential ingredients of recruitment adverts to encourage response

  • Top ten places that your recruitment adverts will have an impact

  • Three critical virtues of people who will make a great addition to your team

  • Three ways to keep team members with you – even if they are offered more elsewhere

Tickets cost £100+VAT per practice, and there will be a recording made available to you after the live event. It’s likely to be one of the most significant webinars of Q4, so we look forward to welcoming you!

Click here to find out more or purchase your ticket.

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