The Challenges facing UK Care Organisations today are a result of changing laws and regulations brought on by Brexit and the problem of retaining and recruiting staff. UK care homes are often at a disadvantage by the health care system leading to solving complex issues with limited help from those making policy. One of the most important issues is the ability to retain staff including registered nurses.
Care homes can offer many opportunities for RN development, but need government help to stay afloat with a decrease of 1500 homes in the last 6 years. The challenge is even greater today with Brexit and the possibility of more care workers leaving the UK for better opportunities. Below are four of the main challenges facing UK care organisations today.
1. Care home staff shortages
While the National Health Service is able to attract care staff, the recruitment of nurses is a major concern for care organisations with a vacancy rate of 10%. The ability to retain them is also a challenge with a third of them changing jobs after only a year on the job.
Funding is a major challenge for the UK care industry with organisations depending on local governments, which falls short. Increasing funding at the national level can help change this problem and build a secure environment for the adult social care industry.
The problem is even more magnified with Brexit and the ease of movement, which was available with the European Union. Care staff could come from other countries to meet the qualifications easier, creating a greater pool of applicants. With independence from the union, the UK could see an even greater decrease in qualified staff including RNs.
2. UK care regulations
With the UK no longer a member of the EU there will be new regulations, replacing the old ones. This could affect the existing ones already in place including the working time safety regulation, medicine and scientific evaluations.
The EU had a centralised system called the European Medicines Agency and is responsible for all scientific evaluations. This made it easy for pharmaceutical companies to market their products within the UK. This change could make it harder for these companies in the future to do business in the UK. Some clinical trials could be prevented with UK care organisations losing out on these new developments.
The working time directive was a safety regulation preventing workers from working more than 48 hours a week in the EU. This change could affect the future of UK care staff, causing problems.
3. Scientific collaboration across borders affected
The collaboration of the EU for disease prevention and control helps the UK and other members with preventing the spread of communicable diseases. This organisation helps the UK carry out research that can help the adult social care industry.
Research and science in the UK will be affected a great deal, preventing many valuable findings according to scientists caused by Brexit. The free movement of scientists will be reduced causing many future problems. UK care homes are more at risk with the breakdown of this collaboration and pandemics.
4. Funding decreases for UK care organisations
With Brexit brings the issue of decreasing financial help from the National Health Service. With this event there is more financial pressure on the system, creating a greater shortage of qualified care staff in the UK. With the EU, the UK had a free movement of these qualified workers, but now it will create problems and they will leave the country.
The staffing crisis will cause a bigger strain on a system that is already broken. The UK needs to address these financial shortfalls helping care organisations with the needed funds to keep this crisis from getting worse. The new economy created from the EU referendum will affect UK care organisations and will require the right financial solutions to keep them moving in the right direction for the future.