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The UK’s Workforce is Shrinking - What Does That Mean for Us?

Vacancies and turnovers within the care sector are at the highest level they have ever been, increasing the pressure and strain on care homes. With the ageing population continuing to grow this is an issue that will likely intensify.

Healthcare advancements mean that people are living longer, and research suggests that by 2040 that there will be an estimated 15 million people aged 65 or over living in the UK in comparison to 8.7 million people under 16 years of age. As a result, the demand for social care is escalating rapidly - but with over 110,000 vacant roles and a turnover rate of 30.7%, it’s a problem the care sector isn’t equipped to deal with.

An analysis of the healthcare workforce crisis shows that in England a record 400 workers have left the NHS each week in the effort to restore their work-life balance since the pandemic. The most common grievances included burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, this problem is self-perpetuating because the more staff that leave, the greater the pressure on those who remain and the increased feelings of being overworked and undervalued.

Using Hydracare can take some pressure off healthcare workers, save staff time which can be spent on other caregiving tasks and increase the well-being of care residents by reducing the number of falls, UTIs, AKIs and hospital admissions which would usually put further stress on the NHS.

Introducing digital technology into care settings can alleviate so many issues and improve residents' lives. Click here to find out more about Hydracare.....

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