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Exploring workforce retention issues in learning disability services

Workforce retention in learning disability social care services can be influenced by factors such as job satisfaction, feeling part of a supportive team and pay
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Workforce retention in learning disability social care services can be influenced by factors such as job satisfaction, feeling part of a supportive team and pay

Retention of workers in learning disability social care services is linked to low pay but it is also influenced by job satisfaction and improving the lives of the people supported, according to a study.

Findings from King’s College London researchers are relevant across many of the teams and services that learning disability nurses work in and are worthy of wider consideration.

As part of a broader longitudinal research programme, two rounds of semi-structured interviews were conducted with 47 social care managers and staff from a range of learning disability providers between 2009 and 2014. Interviews were analysed thematically.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, low pay was felt to be associated with problems in staff retention.

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