Community Integrated Care
With growing pressure across the social care industry due to increased demand, coupled with ongoing staff shortages and difficulties in recruiting and attracting staff; fulfilling social care service requirements is now an expensive undertaking.
Many services have been forced to use high-cost agencies to supply the additional nursing and support workers they need to deliver safe and effective care to service users. In summer 2018, with rising staffing costs due to candidate shortages and high attrition, Community Integrated Care acknowledged that to fulfil commissioned service hours within budget, they needed to secure 250 full-time support workers.
Improving retention and the time taken to hire staff were also critical to developing a more sustainable and efficient workforce and maintaining the high-quality care standards that Community Integrated Care strive to deliver.
Medacs Healthcare’s workforce solutions team were invited to conduct a review of Community Integrated Care’s current approach to temporary and permanent staffing to identify quantitative and qualitative opportunities, including quick wins.
Following the review, the Medacs Healthcare team were commissioned by Community Integrated Care to deliver a six-month Recruitment Efficiency Programme. The strategic goals agreed were to improve recruitment processes, to better align people, processes and technology, to reduce the average time to hire to less than nine weeks, and to reduce recruitment costs across the board.
A dedicated Project Manager was immediately appointed to implement an overarching recruitment strategy, ensuring accountability and planning across all teams and aligned to the desired goals. Critical success factors included:
Performance was monitored and reviewed throughout the project to ensure that efficiencies and benefits were realised, risks were identified and resolved and any additional requirements were met.