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Pledge on care sector fair pay and conditions as Ross-shire MSP visits Castle Gardens in Invergordon during awareness-raising week and acknowledges staff shortages facing wider sector

By Hector MacKenzie

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Maree Todd MSP with Kitty Burns and Sharon Walker at Castle Care.
Maree Todd MSP with Kitty Burns and Sharon Walker at Castle Care.

A ROSS MSP acknowledged the urgent need to attract compassionate people to the care sector amid what she called Brexit-related workforce shortages and pledged challenges will be addressed by a Scottish Government initiative.

Maree Todd visited Castle Gardens Care Home to join their summer celebration during Care Home Open Week.

Care Home Open Week is a national annual event ran by Championing Social Care, with the purpose of connecting care homes with their local communities.

After an unprecedented and challenging couple of years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Castle Gardens opened their doors to celebrate the week with residents, colleagues, friends, family and members of the local community.

The Caithness, Sutherland & Ross MSP said: “I had a lovely visit to Castle Gardens Care Home.

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to get together and celebrate Care Home Open Week, especially given the heartbreaking challenges of the last couple of years.

“It was a pleasure to meet the dedicated team who were also using the opportunity to promote career opportunities that are available in their home and in the sector.”

Maree Todd MSP adds: “As a population we are enjoying longer lives but with that comes more complex care needs. This coupled with workforce shortages due to Brexit means there is an urgent need to attract compassionate folk to work within the sector.

“The Scottish Government recognises the essential role the workforce plays in people’s support and care but appreciates that more needs to be done to ensure those within the sector feel valued.

“The new National Care Service will address this by embedding fair work principles, with pay, terms and conditions, skills development and career pathways delivered across all providers and employers.

“If you are considering a job in adult social care, visit caretocare.scot to find out more about working in the sector.”

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