Healthcare services are stretched to breaking with a lack of qualified nurses, doctors and healthcare workers the provision of high quality care is hard to maintain. Social Care provision can’t meet demands, resulting in bed blocking in hospitals and patients not being able to go home, get well and take pressure off services. Its a vicious circle that doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The State of Care document states that the ‘health and social care system is at full stretch and struggling to meet the more complex needs of today’s population, meaning that maintaining quality in the future is uncertain’.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust received an overall inadequate grade at their Care Quality Commission Inspection on the 5th Oct 17 which is seriously concerning, and while most social care services in Cornwall are maintaining a good inspection state the pressure is definitely on, with managers telling us that they cant recruit enough staff to meet demands. According to the Telegraph Brexit is going to cause greater staffing problems due to:
- An ageing population. There are one million more people over the age of 65 than five years ago. This has caused a surge in demand for medical care
- Cuts to budgets for social care. While the NHS budget has been protected, social services for home helps and other care have fallen by 11 per cent in five years. This has caused record levels of bed blocking; people with no medical need to be in hospital are stuck there because they can’t be supported at home
- Staff shortages. While hospital doctor and nurse numbers have risen over the last decade, they have not kept pace with the rise in demand. Meanwhile 2016 saw record numbers of GP practices close, displacing patients on to A&E departments as they seek medical advice
- Lifestyle factors. Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, a poor diet with not enough fruit and vegetables and not doing enough exercise are all major reasons for becoming unwell and needing to rely on our health services. Growing numbers of overweight children show this problem is currently set to continue.
Dynamo Healthcare Training works with people of all ages to encourage them to commence careers in healthcare, from school leavers to adults we tailor training programmes to suit employer needs and help to build a healthcare workforce that provides high quality provision to those most vulnerable in our society. We run pre-employment programmes throughout the year with out next programme based in Bodmin from 15th Nov 17.
If young people, parents, schools, health professionals and employers wish to discuss how Dynamo Healthcare Training can support you please do not hesitate in contacting us.