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The Association Between Staff Retention and English Care Home Quality

Allan, Stephen, Vadean, Florin (2021) The Association Between Staff Retention and English Care Home Quality. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 33 (6). pp. 708-724. ISSN 0895-9420. (doi:10.1080/08959420.2020.1851349) (KAR id:75795)


This paper examines the association between workforce retention and related staffing measures and the quality of English care homes using a national database of social care providers’ staffing. The analysis finds significant correlations between quality and the levels of staffing vacancies and retention of both residential and nursing homes, but no association was found between quality and the use of temporary contract workers nor the resident to staff ratio. Only for staff vacancy rates was there a significant difference in the size of these relationships between types of home. The findings suggest that quality could change for the average care home with a relatively small alteration in staffing circumstance. Long-term care is a labor-intensive industry and many countries face relatively high levels of staff turnover and job vacancy rates. These findings are therefore of interest for policy internationally and for England in particular, where the development of social care recruitment and retention strategies are ongoing.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/08959420.2020.1851349
Uncontrolled keywords: Nursing homes, care, staff, quality, retention, job vacancies, turnover
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Stephen Allan
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 08:23 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:28 UTC
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