What does Brexit mean for the UK social care workforce? Perspectives from the recruitment and retention frontline

Authors: Read, R. and Fenge, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31520/

Journal: Health and Social Care in the Community

Issue: 2018;00:1–7. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12684

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISSN: 0966-0410

The UK’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) is likely to result in greater im‐migration and employment restrictions on European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) nationals within the United Kingdom. EU/EEA citizens constitute a significant proportion of the current social care workforce. Research evaluating the impact of Brexit on social care has highlighted potentially severe future workforce shortfalls, but has not engaged in detail with the experiences of social care personnel involved in day‐to‐day recruitment and retention activities. This article explores how social care managers evaluate Brexit’s prospects for future workforce sustainability, through the prism of their organisation’s workforce requirements. This qualitative study incorporated in‐depth semi‐structured interviews and questionnaire surveys with domiciliary and residential care managers. Data collection focused on an urban conurbation in south‐west England, with demographic characteristics likely to make post‐Brexit recruitment and retention in social care particularly challenging. A key finding is that, irrespective of whether they employ EU/EEA workers or not, research participants have deep concerns about Brexit’s potential impact on the social care labour market. These include apprehensions about future restrictions on hiring EU/EEA nurses, as well as fears about increased competition for care staff and their or‐ganisation’s future financial viability. This article amplifies the voices of managers as an under‐researched group, bringing their perspectives on Brexit to bear on wider debates on social care workforce sustainability

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Authors: Read, R. and Fenge, L.-A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31520/

Journal: Health Soc Care Community

eISSN: 1365-2524

DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12684

The UK's departure from the European Union (Brexit) is likely to result in greater immigration and employment restrictions on European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) nationals within the United Kingdom. EU/EEA citizens constitute a significant proportion of the current social care workforce. Research evaluating the impact of Brexit on social care has highlighted potentially severe future workforce shortfalls, but has not engaged in detail with the experiences of social care personnel involved in day-to-day recruitment and retention activities. This article explores how social care managers evaluate Brexit's prospects for future workforce sustainability, through the prism of their organisation's workforce requirements. This qualitative study incorporated in-depth semi-structured interviews and questionnaire surveys with domiciliary and residential care managers. Data collection focused on an urban conurbation in south-west England, with demographic characteristics likely to make post-Brexit recruitment and retention in social care particularly challenging. A key finding is that, irrespective of whether they employ EU/EEA workers or not, research participants have deep concerns about Brexit's potential impact on the social care labour market. These include apprehensions about future restrictions on hiring EU/EEA nurses, as well as fears about increased competition for care staff and their organisation's future financial viability. This article amplifies the voices of managers as an under-researched group, bringing their perspectives on Brexit to bear on wider debates on social care workforce sustainability.

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Authors: Read, R. and Fenge, L.A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31520/

Journal: Health and Social Care in the Community

eISSN: 1365-2524

ISSN: 0966-0410

DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12684

© 2018 The Authors. Health and Social Care in the Community Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The UK's departure from the European Union (Brexit) is likely to result in greater immigration and employment restrictions on European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) nationals within the United Kingdom. EU/EEA citizens constitute a significant proportion of the current social care workforce. Research evaluating the impact of Brexit on social care has highlighted potentially severe future workforce shortfalls, but has not engaged in detail with the experiences of social care personnel involved in day-to-day recruitment and retention activities. This article explores how social care managers evaluate Brexit's prospects for future workforce sustainability, through the prism of their organisation's workforce requirements. This qualitative study incorporated in-depth semi-structured interviews and questionnaire surveys with domiciliary and residential care managers. Data collection focused on an urban conurbation in south-west England, with demographic characteristics likely to make post-Brexit recruitment and retention in social care particularly challenging. A key finding is that, irrespective of whether they employ EU/EEA workers or not, research participants have deep concerns about Brexit's potential impact on the social care labour market. These include apprehensions about future restrictions on hiring EU/EEA nurses, as well as fears about increased competition for care staff and their organisation's future financial viability. This article amplifies the voices of managers as an under-researched group, bringing their perspectives on Brexit to bear on wider debates on social care workforce sustainability.

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