Vida Healthcare has today announced that it has permanently increased the wages of its frontline care staff.
The wages have increased by 30% which is 20% higher than the sector average. A number of roles have benefitted from the increase including qualified care assistants whose hourly rate has increased from £9.61 to £12.32, and nurses whose hourly rate has increased from £18.50 to £22.50. Other positions include bank care assistants, senior care assistants, and team leaders.
The UK’s leading provider of specialist dementia care has made this decision in order to combat the national staffing crisis currently happening in the sector, and attract new talent to ensure the specialist and high level of care offered by the provider can continue to be delivered to residents.
James Rycroft, managing director at Vida Healthcare, commented: “Despite leaders in the sector advising that care staff are looking for more than wage increases, at Vida it’s not only important that we’re attracting new talent to the sector but that we’re also rewarding our existing staff for the hard work and dedication they demonstrate everyday. This wage increase is just one initiative we’ve put in place to show our staff how proud and grateful we are for their incredible work, particularly throughout these challenging times.”
Alongside the wage increase, Vida Healthcare offers a range of initiatives to encourage the retention of current staff, and attract new talent to ensure residents are receiving the best possible quality of care. This includes its specialist training platform Vida Academy, which offers a bespoke professional development training pathway and provides staff with opportunities to achieve promotions and learn valuable caring skills.
Vida Healthcare has been rated Outstanding by the CQC at both its current care homes, Vida Grange and Vida Hall, for its ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care to residents and supporting staff to foster high quality, person-centred care. Its third state-of-the-art care home, Vida Court, launched in 2021 and includes a cinema, sweet shop, and hair salon.
For more information on the career opportunities available at Vida Healthcare, please visit https://vidahealthcare.current-vacancies.com/Careers/.