The difficulties in recruitment and retention in social work and social care are well known. Mainstream media regularly reports the difficulties caused by levels of pay and unsocial hours. Less attention is sometimes paid to the satisfactions, including circumstances in which workers feel they have made a positive difference to people’s lives.
This seminar will draw on recent research on recruitment and retention in social care and social work to highlight the multiple factors that impact upon it.
Dr Jo Moriarty is Deputy Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at Kings College London. Her research activities span a number of areas, including leading research studies on workforce recruitment and retention, education and training, especially social work education, support for family carers, dementia service user involvement, ethnicity and ageing.
Jo is particularly interested in the translation of research into practice. As well authoring resources aimed at summarising research findings for practitioners, Jo blogs regularly, aiming to critically appraise recent social care findings in an accessible way.