19 January, 2021

Career Opportunities - White Paper

HACT and Regenda have published a White Paper that identifies an opportunity for housing associations to provide routes out of unemployment and under-employment for their residents and local people.

“Prior to Covid-19, there were over 200,000 job vacancies in health and care organisations. Filling these vacancies, as well as those created as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on existing members of staff, is a huge challenge. Housing associations are ideally placed to engage with health and care organisations to understand their needs, so that their employment programmes can be co-designed and adapted accordingly.”

Andrew van Doorn

Chief Executive of HACT

These are the key findings of the White Paper that HACT has published today, supported by Regenda.

“The NHS was set up in 1948 with a common purpose and now we have a common purpose to use our workforce recruitment to address health issues and inequalities in communities. This is a great opportunity for housing associations to do something practical to support our communities and our organisations, demonstrating their value as local anchor institutions. There is considerable opportunity for us to build longer-term collaboration through shared workforce development, that enhances leadership across systems and taps into all the resources and talents in our organisations and our communities.”

Stephanie Harrison

Executive Director - Operations and Customer Service, Regenda

The White Paper identifies the critical role that housing associations play in local communities. From March-October 2020, they made over two million welfare calls, provided over half a million residents with advice and guidance, and over 350,000 food interventions. They have well-established employment support services aimed at both unemployed as well as under-employed residents. They are also well connected within local communities.

As the NHS develops a more place-based approach, there is a growing awareness that anchor institutions help local places meet their potential and reduce entrenched inequalities. As anchor institutions, housing associations are well placed to work with local health and care organisations to co-develop workforce strategies with the explicit intention of supporting local recruitment and developing the current and future health and social care workforce.

The White Paper was launched at a webinar convened by HACT and the Northern Housing Consortium that discussed the opportunity for housing to develop the health and care workforce together. Speakers at the webinar included:

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