Debbie Smith, Director of Care at Wellgate Care, a group specialising in supporting adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in the South East, explores the importance of investment in your staff when running a successful care home.
The care sector is changing rapidly. A recent study by Skills for Care projected that by 2035, the UK will need an additional 950,000 jobs to support the adult social care sector, a 59% increase from 2018.i To put this into perspective, the number of jobs in care home services increased by just 4% between 2012-2017. With an ageing population and 110,000 vacancies in adult social care, the need for these jobs is greater than ever.
In addition, staff turnover rates stood at 30.7%, meaning there were approximately 390,000 leavers in 2017. Employers in the care sector need to nurture their staff which in turn will provide support for the homes, teams and most importantly, the residents.
High-end care provider Wellgate Care, which specialises in care for young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities, is creating 15 jobs in Folkestone after acquiring MNP Complete Care in May.
Wellgate is recruiting for both full and part-time staff as well as a selection of volunteers to support and spend time with residents at its four homes across the Folkestone area.
The care provider is investing heavily in the homes to support residents and staff and said the local community is instrumental in driving Wellgate’s growth.
High-end care provider Wellgate Care, which specialises in support for young people and adults with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, has appointed a new Director of Care after acquiring Folkestone-based MNP Group in May.
The Group appointed Debbie Smith, who has more than 20 years of experience in health and social care, to drive forward the quality of the services and ensure the providers’ expansion. Her role will involve growing the business, identifying new opportunities and developing relationships with local authorities. Debbie’s career spans roles with a number of leading care and support providers including Avenues Group, CMG, and Craegmoor as well as serving as a Senior Manager within three housing associations.
Wellgate Care, the provider of high-end residential care services to young people and adults with special needs, has acquired Folkstone-based MNP Complete Care Group. The purchase, which will see it cement its plans to expand its network of purpose-built and adapted homes across the South East, will deliver major improvements for residents whilst retaining the current outstanding care.
MNP Complete Care, which runs four specialist care homes in Kent for adults with learning and physical disabilities, will retain its brand whilst becoming part of the Wellgate Care Group. All 120 MNP staff join the new business with a recruitment drive now underway to support the growth of the group and build on the excellent standards of care and support provided by the existing, long-serving team. Wellgate Care has already recruited Debbie Smith, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, as Director of Care and Andy Denness as Compliance Director, to help lead the growth.