Public sector resourcing Quality care means quality staff, says REC Healthcare
Public sector resourcing – Quality care means quality staff, says REC Healthcare
Recommendations made today by the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People have underlined the need for the highest standards in how care staff are selected and vetted.
Providing a recruitment industry perspective, Jes Ladva, Director of Synarbor Ltd, as well as being the REC’s London regional director and a member of its Healthcare Group, says:
"Specialist healthcare agencies have a crucial role to play in ensuring that staff not only have the right skills and are thoroughly vetted, but also that they have the right attitude. Probing beneath what is on a CV is one of the key skills that recruitment professionals can bring to the table.
"On a broader level, a major challenge is simply having enough suitable staff in place in order to provide the right level of care. Things often fall down simply because staff are overstretched. The other priority for Government and employers is to ensure that the current focus of cutting costs does not jeopardise the safe and effective supply of good care staff with the right attitude and skills for the job. In particular we need to look at current procurement procedures and supply models".
"The Commission’s recommendations have underlined the need to find the right balance by develop cost effective staffing arrangements that enshrine the principles of dignity and quality of care.”
The need to balance cost control priorities with a focius on quality and safety of supply is a core message of the REC’s Public Sector Resourcing campaign. For more information on this, go to: http://www.rec.uk.com/resourcing