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OUTT Bucks The Trend To Create 5000 New Social Care Jobs

OUTT Bucks The Trend To Create 5000 New Social Care Jobs

In a move to challenge the misfortune of 2020, the social care temporary recruitment app OUTT is creating over 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.

Where many industries have endured shock waves of redundancies and business closures, social care remains vibrant, but as a sector, continues to be blighted with double-digit vacancy levels.

OUTT is a newly launched digital temporary recruitment app, backed by a share of £50 million InnovateUK funding. This valuable governmental support has aided the speed of development, the goal to increase post Covid employment opportunities and fill temporary shift vacancies quickly. OUTT sidesteps the need for traditional agency support by allowing the employer to connect directly with suitable candidates at a much-reduced cost.

5000 new social care jobs

By matching candidate availability with employer demand, the app removes barriers to employment. It offers complimentary skills training to support returning social care workers who wish to refresh their knowledge, meaning that flexible opportunities are available for those feeling the impact of the COVID-19 jobs crisis.

Recognition from InnovateUK cements the status of this new digital recruitment concept as part of the drive to regenerate the UK. The awarding body grants funding to businesses at the sharp end of accelerated innovation, with OUTT selected as an app that facilitates faster staff appointments and a dynamic way to meet workforce demand.

While agencies and contingent staff have long been the backbone of UK social care, OUTT confronts this unpredictable reliance. It introduces a contemporary way of working that reduces the time and cost constraints associated with agency fees, with additional opportunities for professionals to gain recognition through an employer review base to help them develop skills, experience, and knowledge.

Steve O’Brien, OUTT Founder & CEO, says, “Our initial concern was addressing the growing shortfall in social care keyworkers across the UK, then COVID-19 simply changed the way we all live and work. This allowed OUTT to embrace the change and fast track the social care sector into the 21st century. Our aim is to provide 5000 new social care jobs in 2021.

In addition, agency worker rights are too often tarnished with negatives such as workers charged for payroll or forfeiting holiday pay; this practice has got to stop. Technology provides social care with a transparent platform where candidates can take control and get the pay they deserve.”

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Recruitment Compliance

As a vital component to the successful recruitment app, OUTT delivers full compliance testing protocols, with verification processes more usually aligned with banks and credit cards, thus increasing hiring speed and enabling rapid deployment where needed. This has never been more essential, especially with the changing legality of self employed worker through IR35, where the liability firmly lies with the end hirer. 

It is anticipated that, as demand for social care roles, homecare services, care homes, homelessness provisions and mental health services continue to skyrocket, digital innovation will provide the key to meeting those needs in a way that benefits the sector as a whole.

About OUTT

London based OUTT is a next-gen social care temporary recruitment app born from the COVID-19 pandemic. This UK Government-funded project provides a rapid route back to work for the UK, with expedited registration and compliance technology.

Registering with OUTT delivers opportunities for social care professionals to find work, build a review base, gain free skills training, and to take back control of where, when, and how they work.

Workforce managers have the opportunity to reduce overheads, fill vacancies quickly, plus significantly cut costs.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.

For more information, visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org

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App Will Overturn Hiring in Social Care Sector

App Will Overturn Hiring in Social Care Sector

A new government-backed social care recruitment App is set to revolutionise staff hiring in the sector.

In a similar fashion to taxi App Uber, OUTT makes life easier for home care employers to bring in temporary staff – by cutting out the ‘agency’ middle man. Staff shortages during Covid-19 highlighted the need for such technology which allows registered staff on the job platform to be hired instantly, literally at the press of a button.

Employers post a job and can choose from a list of care assistants and support workers, based on locality, experience etc. When registering, employees are interviewed online and all background checks carried out. This includes police checks, disclosure certificates, passports and photographs. Staff will also be given ID badges to wear when working.

The developers behind the OUTT App are social care recruitment professionals and were given a share of £50 million government funding towards its development. So far, a host of major employers in the social care sector have already signed up prior to its launch next week.

A spokesperson from OUTT said: “The benefits for employers are obvious in that it is much more transparent than using an agency. They can check for themselves details about potential employees, rather than just take an agency’s word for it. They can do this immediately and in their own time.

“And there are plenty of pluses for staff too. They don’t pay agency fees, they can choose whether or not to take a job, and employers must pay them a minimum wage of £10 an hour.”
“Ongoing, it allows both the employer and temporary member of staff to build up a working relationship which may easily result in a permanent position after a few months.”

Staff can work for more than one employer registered on the App, but the technology only allows them to do so if there is a minimum gap between shifts. This ensures they don’t become over-tired and remain working within government guidelines.

The App differs from Uber in the sense that staff are not self-employed: the team behind the App is responsible for PAYE and other tax issues.

Apps with similar direct hiring functions already exist in the Nursing and Hospitality sectors but this is the first time such an initiative has been introduced into the social care sector.

The team added: “Having worked in the sector for more than a decade now I’m only too well aware of all the ‘thanks – but little reward’ that care assistants and support workers receive.

“After what the world witnessed during the coronavirus lockdown I’m sure everyone will agree that it is high time this changed. I hope this App will start to help do that by giving employees more control over where, and with whom, they work.”

Find out more about the App and OUTT platform at outt.co.uk

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4 Best Resources for Social Care Jobs in London

4 Best Resources for Social Care Jobs in London

Working in healthcare is an incredible career choice! Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to hop up onto the next rung of the ladder, we’ve got you!

Finding social care jobs in London can feel like a minefield. With so many different placements and career paths to choose from, let’s break it down to make your search for jobs just a bit less stressful…

What is Social Care?

As the name suggests, social care is all about caring for others. Now, more than ever, we all recognise how valuable our skilled healthcare workers are, making it an ideal time to get on board!

Social care jobs in London vary widely and include caring in sectors such as:

  • Children and early years
  • Mental health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disability
  • Elderly and residential care
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community work and home care
  • Substance dependency
  • Homeless support

So to start with, think about what skills you have, and what kind of work you can see yourself enjoying.

Don’t worry if you’re not yet certain which sector you would prefer. We’ll take a look at different types of jobs, how social care shifts work, and how to choose the right healthcare career for you!

How Many
Social Care Workers are there in London?

Across the UK, the demand for social care staff continues to grow. Skills for Care report that adult social care posts have increased by 140,000 jobs!There are now around 1.62 million social care posts in the adult care sector – so there is no shortage of demand for your skills!

Of those, a whopping 232,000 care jobs are based in London.

What Skills are Required in Social Care?

If you already have a few qualifications in the bag, you probably have a good idea about what sort of job you’re looking for.

Not to worry if you don’t yet though, lots of employers provide training and on the job qualifications, and the main skills you need to be a great social care worker include:

  • The ability to communicate clearly
  • Patience and a willingness to learn
  • Being a great listener
  • Having great organisation skills

Now you know that a career in social care sounds right for you, what’s the best way to find social care jobs in London?

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The Best Resources to Find Social Jobs in London

One thing to bear in mind is that most jobs in the healthcare sector involve working social care shifts. Before spending lots of time on your job search, think what hours you can work, and how you plan to structure your career alongside other responsibilities.

Check out our top resources for finding social care work in the capital – you can even download a job search app to keep up to date with the latest vacancies as they pop up!

  1. OUTT

OUTT is a great place to find social care shifts. They have a free registration process, and once you sign up you will be connected directly with London employers who need staff quickly!

You can pick and choose which social care shifts you would like to work and maintain complete control over your career. The beauty is that OUTT only focuses on the social care industry, so you won’t find yourself flipping through irrelevant job matches.

  1. Indeed

If you’ve searched for a job before, you’ve probably heard of Indeed. This is an online advertising platform, where employers post their vacancies throughout the UK and across all job sectors. You can upload your CV, register for email alerts, and apply online for any jobs that catch your eye.

  1. Skills for Care

This resource is an amazing way to find information about the workforce, how many social care jobs there are in London, and what sort of pay grades you might be looking at. Skills for Care also publish some useful guidance to help you work out which qualifications are best for your chosen career, and support you in deciding what to do next!

4. Community Care Jobs

Our final recommended resource is another perfect way to find social care work. The site is dedicated to healthcare and allows you to filter by which sector you’d like to work in, location and the type of jobs you are looking for. Upload your CV, register for email alerts and stay on top of the game – who doesn’t want to be the first to know when your dream vacancy opens up!

We hope you find these resources useful, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the world of social care, and with so many career opportunities, it looks like an area of employment that is set to keep growing!

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

Social Care Worker Safety – Lone Working

Social Care Worker Safety – Lone Working

Social care worker safety is always of utmost importance, but even more so if you usually work alone. Let’s look at some of the factors to be aware of, and what you can do to keep yourself protected!

What is Lone Working in Social Care?

Lone working simply means working by yourself. This usually applies if you work directly with a one-on-one patient, work social care shifts at night, or provide healthcare support without a direct supervisor on hand.

There are a surprising number of scenarios when this occurs:

Think about:

  • Live-in carers
  • Homeless shelter concierge
  • Home care workers
  • Sleep-in support workers
  • Residential support workers
  • Night healthcare assistant

Working alone in social care also occurs in establishments where you might be working by yourself in a different unit, building or area than your colleagues, like in a care home or nursing home. This means that if you tend to work alone, then the regulations apply to you too, even if you’re on the same site as other people!

What Skills are Required for Lone Working?

All social care workers have excellent interpersonal and communication skills – it’s a key part of the job! Working independently carries some extra skill sets, which can develop over time.

Core skills include:

  • Being accountable and honest
  • Having independence and confidence in your decisions
  • Showing resourcefulness
  • Always being reliable
  • Keeping calm

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The Pros and Cons of Working Alone

Many care workers enjoy lone working. They have a greater sense of responsibility, have discretion over every choice they make (and don’t need to worry about office politics!)

However, there are safety concerns to take into consideration. You need to think about what would happen in a crisis if there isn’t anybody there to help.

Most lone workers experience a great feeling of accomplishment at having the expertise and skills to be able to manage their workload independently. A study by Skills for Care shows us some interesting stats!

  • 78% of healthcare workers surveyed felt working autonomously was positive for their work-life balance
  • 38% of respondents in the care sector had experienced positive mental health benefits
  • 76% of those surveyed agreed that lone working had improved their decision-making skills

What are the Risks to Social Care Worker Safety?

The type of risks you need to think about will vary depending on your job, and the kind of environment you work in.

Some of the most common risks include:

  1. Travelling alone, often during the night
  2. Not having a mobile signal to call for help if needed
  3. Having nobody to help if something goes wrong
  4. Feeling isolated without support to manage emotional and mental wellbeing

All of these risks can be identified through a risk assessment. Whilst nobody likes additional paperwork, trust us this is an essential way to make sure you’re kept safe and supported every day! For example, if you are likely to be working alone at a patient’s home, and don’t have a mobile signal, your employer could instal a landline at the property so you can always ring for help in an emergency.

To make sure everybody gets to vent their frustrations, share any problems and has a sense of team spirit, a coffee morning is a great way to be able to chat, engage with your colleagues and get everything off of your chest!

Don’t forget that if there is anything you aren’t sure of, your employer is there to support you so take the time to raise any concerns so you get the support you need.

How to Protect Lone Working Social Care Staff

Skills for Care publishes several resources that are a treasure trove of information, advice and tools!

For employers, these include job advertisement resources to understand what those essential skills are you need from staff, how to use online healthcare recruitment resources effectively and how to look after your staff long term!

The Guide to Safe Staffing is another excellent read. It explains how to make sure you have the right resources, skills and training to be able to work safely. This not only ensures that care workers know what to do, but that they have the back-up needed to continue to deliver an excellent standard of care.

Studies show that the most important way to protect lone working staff is to analyse the working environment, work out what risks are involved, and put resources in place to make sure that risk is eliminated or managed well. Being able to keep up to speed with what is happening and say in touch is also important, so whether it is an email, a social media page or a face to face natter – it’s good to talk, and means you’re never facing any worries alone! OUTT provide lone working training to all our team, plus discreet and easy contact facilities in case of difficulties.

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

Social Care Worker Safety during Covid-19

Social Care Worker Safety during Covid-19

Our social care workers are invaluable, and provide an amazing service in caring for us when we need it most! (Well we are clapping you every week)

For social care worker safety during Covid-19, here are a few things to think about to make sure you stay safe during the pandemic.

Complications of Workplace Safety in Social Care

Social care is a diverse area of the UK jobs world. With so many different settings and innumerable types of work included within social care jobs, there isn’t an easy way to produce a set of guidelines that will work everywhere!

One of the biggest challenges is that many social care jobs involve working alone. That could include, for example:

  • Supported living houses, where one project worker can support a few residents
  • Home care workers providing one to one care in someone’s home
  • Overnight workers keeping a careful watch over their residents to keep them safe at night
  • Homeless support workers providing essential concierge services to shelters and refuses

Skills for Care spoke to our healthcare workers to understand what lone working is like. They report back that 80% of respondents feel a high level of job satisfaction, and that 76% feel that having the responsibility of working alone provides a positive impact on their decision-making skills.

As you can see, social care jobs cover such a broad range of skills and services that a one size fits all solution just isn’t going to work for such a broad range of posts!

Why is Social Care a High-Risk Areas?

As well as having lots of social care jobs where staff work alone, the key reason that healthcare is considered high risk is that it is impossible to do an amazing job without being in contact with people.

Every social care worker is a helper. You care for people who need assistance with their daily lives, help the elderly or immobile to get around every day, and provide care for the sick, the disabled and the vulnerable.

Social care is one of the most meaningful and rewarding careers since you make a huge difference every day!

What this does mean is direct contact is essential to the job. During the Covid-19 pandemic more than ever, every care worker is vital. Where would we be without you?

So that in mind, let’s look at what you, and your employer, can do to make sure that you are kept safe and well, whilst providing these most crucial of services.

Maintaining Social Care Workers Safety during Covid-19

The first step is to consider the basics; which we know every healthcare professional working social care shifts already knows!

  • Make sure to wear PPE wherever appropriate, and swap out your gloves and face masks after every use
  • If you are short on supplies, report it immediately to your employer or manager where you at working; don’t put yourself at risk!
  • We know that constant hand washing is a pain, but keep it up, and wash your hands thoroughly after each contact
  • Change out of your work clothes before travelling home
  • Observe social distancing where you can; we know that this sometimes just isn’t possible, but when you can try to keep your 2m distances
  • If you feel unwell or have any symptoms, make sure to stay at home and self-isolate
  • Should you need to cough or blow your nose, make sure to use a tissue and throw it away immediately, or cough into your elbow if you have to – but if you aren’t well, make sure to stay at home and look after yourself!

If you need a quick recap, have a look at the government advice that is updated regularly. There is also guidance about key services, and which roles are essential (including yours!).

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Help for Social Care Workers during the Pandemic

If your job changes in any way, you’ll need a risk assessment. Whilst it might sound like a lot of paperwork, this is there as a tool to help you.

Don’t forget that if you are looking for a new job, or perhaps to try something new whilst demand for skilled care workers is so high, to check out the job app for opportunities across London!

Chat with your employer if you’re unsure of their specific policy, but they will either help you create a risk assessment or write one with you. This means working out any problems you might face, where you might be exposed to risk, and what they can do to make sure you’re kept safe and well.

It’s also a great time to think about your mental health. Whilst everybody is under more stress than usual, being on the front line of healthcare means going out much more than non-essential workers, so take a moment to check in with yourself!

If you’re experiencing any problems or anxieties, make sure to speak up and see what you can do to ease the strain. Key workers are essential all the time and will be just as important after the pandemic. Skills for Care publishes a guide that explains all about the responsibilities and duties of employers and employees, so if you are in any doubt take the time to have a read!

We hope these guidelines help as a recap. Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so try to take as great care of yourself as you do for your clients!

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