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Listening to the voices that need to be heard

Nursing recruitment and retention in care homes formed part of a study by Scottish Care, a representative body in Scotland. The aim was to understand, through the nursing voice, what can be done to make sure front-line voices are heard. 

Earlier this year, Scottish Care, a membership organisation and the representative body for independent social care services in Scotland, published a report called Voices from the Nursing Front Line . Through the voices of nurses themselves, it tells the story of what nurses love about working in care homes and the challenges. In other words, why they choose to enter, stay and leave.

It was particularly important for us to know this information given that nursing recruitment and retention challenges have reached a critical point in care homes in Scotland. Scottish Care’s research has shown that current nurse vacancy levels in care homes are around 28%. That is almost one third of posts unfilled, which has a significant effect on care home


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