Recognising the importance of care workers


A new initiative recognising the importance of care workers has been announced by North Somerset Council, as the authority continues to support the local social care sector.

Under the Proud to Care bonus scheme, staff who work for one of the council’s strategic domiciliary care providers will receive a bonus payment after every six months of working for their employer.

Care staff working for Alliance Living Care, Brunelcare or Notaro Homecare since November 1 2018 will receive a bonus payment worth one week of their average weekly pay, as calculated during the six months. Currently over 300 direct care staff are eligible for the bonus. Care workers joining the providers since that date will also receive the bonus payment once they have worked for six months.

The initiative comes as local authorities and health organisations across the country step up their efforts preparing for the winter months ahead, a time when health and social care systems are put under greater pressure.

The council is using part of the £924,000 it received from the government’s additional social care investment, announced last month, to provide the Proud to Care bonuses which it believes will help reduce winter pressures on the NHS in North Somerset.

Cllr Dawn Payne, executive member with responsibility for adult social care, said: “Nationally it is a challenging time for the health and social care sector, and winter can be a particularly difficult time for the delivery of home care. The Proud to Care bonus is our way of acknowledging the importance of care staff and valuing the vital work they do for our local communities here in North Somerset.

“We want to support our care providers to recruit and retain high quality care staff who are essential in supporting some the most vulnerable members of our communities, helping people live as independently as they can for as long as they can.

“Having high quality, accessible home care available during winter can help reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed hospital discharges, helping those who are able to return to their homes quicker – freeing up hospital beds and relieving some of the pressures on local health systems.”

To find out more about the bonus, and search and apply for jobs, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/proudtocare.