Care homes are struggling to provide high quality care for residents with complex medical conditions, against a backdrop of a severe funding, equipment and staff shortages, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
In response to a survey of members which found that nurses working in care homes are facing huge challenges in providing care, the RCN has set out a nine-point plan for the Government to act on.
A new RCN report, Persistent Challenges to Providing Quality Care, identifies a lack of training for staff, inappropriate admissions and extreme pressure on the workforce leading to poor staff morale
The report also highlights the key issue of funding and admissions.
RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “This report paints a hugely concerning picture about the many daily challenges that so many nurses in care homes face in delivering high quality care. Many of these challenges are not new, but following years of underinvestment these issues have now significantly worsened.”
The RCN says that getting health and social care funding right is crucial for the sustainability of the social care system and the NHS.
- Re-evaluation of how funding is allocated to cover the needs of residents in care homes.
- National guidance on staffing levels and ratios for care home.
- A Government review of care home workforce planning and to ensure that this workforce is appropriately supported, trained, qualified and valued.
- Regulation of all health care assistants.