Care home managers have no harder tasks than when calculating the required staffing complement and levels for the home and when working out their staff duty rotas.

Effective staff recruitment and selection should help managers to design rotas that meet the needs of their service users and their registration requirements.

Managers must be able to call upon staff in sufficient numbers to provide the cover needed. They must make sure that they have enough staff to cover weekends, bank holidays and special occasions such as Christmas. They must also have enough staff to cover annual and other leave entitlements such as maternity leave. They need to allow for some level of absenteeism and need to make arrangements for such contingencies.

Many care homes use staffing agencies and/or have their own pool or bank of temporary staff whom they can call upon when needed.

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