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“Effective recruitment and retention of a caring and skilled adult social care workforce is pivotal to ensuring provision of high quality, person centred care and support. It can also be a real challenge to find people with the right values and achieving this requires a range of solutions.
Neil’s book is full of good ideas and suggestions that will definitely get you thinking.”
Sharon Allen OBE, CEO Skills for Care
“Neil Eastwood knows how the care sector works, at all levels, and applies a practical approach which empowers teams to overcome barriers to recruitment and retention and hire with success and confidence. I’ve worked with Neil in my capacity of private-sector founder and charity Chief Executive, where I have witnessed, first-hand, how his ideas, and the practical execution of them, deliver tangible results and maintain a positive culture through change in a wide variety of environments.”
Steve Allen, Group Chief Executive, Friends of the Elderly.
“Neil has worked very effectively with a number of franchisees in the Bluebird Care network in the last few years. He’s shared his wide experience and knowledge at our regional meetings and annual Conference and made a very positive impact on how franchisees consider the recruitment and retention process by making them think and act differently to instil a cultural change which ultimately benefits the experience of anyone joining the Bluebird Care business.”
Duncan Berry, Chief Operating Officer, Bluebird Care Group
“The most important people in any care organisation are the carers. This timely book focuses on what I believe is the single most important issue in the care sector today – how to recruit and retain key employees.”
Trevor Brocklebank, CEO Emeritus, Home Instead Senior Care UK Limited.
“Neil’s insight into the conditions that fuel the social care employee crisis – as well as his solutions – are unique. He possesses the rare ability to distil down a huge problem, such as this, and deliver incredibly effective solutions that are not only easy to understand, but also easy to implement in your business.
If your business is suffering from the ever-shrinking pool of quality care workers, I HIGHLY recommend Neil’s book Saving Social Care. It delivers real world solutions and advice that can mean the difference between surviving and truly succeeding.”
Leigh Davis, Owner, Davis+Delany, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
“Despite care work being tough and often poorly paid, over a million people deliver person-centred and empowering support all over the country. Neil Eastwood’s timely book is full of insightful suggestions on how we could improve our care system, and provides practical tips to organisations seeking to recruit the people best suited to this invaluable vocation.”
Patrick Hall, Fellow, Social Care Policy, The King’s Fund
“The information in this book just works. We have applied Neil’s approach to our business for a number of years and it has helped us build a national network with a high quality, stable and committed workforce.
This book contains everything you need to know. Brimming with straightforward strategies to transform the quality and volume of your care staff. And keep them in the business longer too.”
Ken Deary, Managing Director, Right At Home UK
“Our experience is that workforce planning, recruitment and retention are currently some of the main challenges for the social care sector. Neil Eastwood has written a great practical guide on how providers may be able to overcome some of those challenges, which readers should find both highly useful and an enjoyable read at the same time”.
nna Dabek, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
“You may think that Saving Social Care is a melodramatic title for a book dealing with recruitment and retention strategies. It is not! There is no more critical issue facing the sector – not funding, technology, service development or compliance. For those in the Adult Care sector involved in staff matters, I suggest you take full advantage of the strategies, tips and experience offered here. They come from Neil’s many years of research and practical application, hard lessons and success stories across several continents. The value of good advice escalates rapidly in response to the severity of the problem faced. This is, without doubt, a very valuable book.”
Ross Bell, Director, Care Source Australia
“I wish Saving Social Care had been written while I was involved in managing care and support services.
The practical focus of this book shows a depth of wisdom gained from hard-earned experience. It is inspirational, and managers who make use of the ideas and guidance will be equipped to transform the services they offer.”
Des Kelly OBE, Former Executive Director, National Care Forum
Saving Social Care
Saving Social Care is a book about solving one of the biggest challenges we face: how to provide enough quality care for an ageing society? More specifically, it gives practical help and advice to care employers on who to look for as their next frontline care employee, where to find them, how to screen them and, critically, 20 great ways of keeping them.
Saving Social Care is not a book about theory. It’s meant to be your companion as you recruit and manage your caring workforce to keep pace with rapidly growing demand. Well-thumbed and with your notes and comments in the margins.
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