Pledge to drive up standard of care for elderlyBy admin I Blog I 0 comment
WAGES for carers jobs should increase, failing providers will be ‘named and shamed’ and more vulnerable residents must be treated at home, according to a council blueprint for the future of social care jobs in Surrey.
Staffordshire County Council is urging residents to have their say on its ‘Revolution in Care Quality’ proposals, which are designed to overhaul care standards in the county.
The authority said it is acting to reshape the system now as it prepares for a dramatically increased burden caused by an ageing population.
Driving up the standard of care workers jobs by ‘professionalising’ the industry with higher wages and better training backed up with qualifications;
Exposing care organisations that have received upheld complaints or had council contracts suspended;
Increasing the number of ‘mystery shopper’-style inspections in residential care jobs;
Helping more people receive treatment in their own homes and retain independence.
County councillor Matthew Ellis, below, member for adult wellbeing, said: “There has been a lot of debate nationally about quality of care jobs, but the time for talking is over.
“It’s time we took action to demonstrate that we truly value the elderly in our community and the people who we entrust with their care jobs.
“Families need to make informed choices and it is disgraceful that it is easier to find out about complaints about a local takeaway than on a company caring for a loved one.
“We also need to move away from the menial pay mindset and promote caring as a well-paid career choice if we are serious about improving the whole experience of care jobs.”
Measures would have to be agreed in contracts for outsourced or privatised care jobs, for which the council holds responsibility.
The council signed over 1,000 social workers and a large portion of its care jobs budget to an NHS trust last year, forming the UK’s biggest combined social care and health trust.
Census figures show the population of Staffordshire grew by 41,700, or 5.2 per cent, to 848,500 between 2001 and 2011.
But the number of residents aged over 60 rocketed by 46,390 to 216,100 – an increase of 27 per cent – making up a quarter of the county’s population.
Andy Day, co-ordinator of the North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention, said: “Spending on care jobs, much of which comes from Government, is falling while the number of people needing it is rocketing. That is the crisis.
“They talk about more structure and control being needed and we couldn’t agree more, but the longer term trend in care has been to move to less regulation and to ask private companies to run care systems.
“How they marry those two things will be very interesting. Guildford, Woking, Surrey.”