Attracting Men Into The Caring Professions

Many caring professions which have historically attracted primarily female staff are facing staff shortages. Making these professions more attractive to men could help alleviate these shortages as well as providing patients and clients with more choice in the care they receive. This event will draw upon the latest research and practice to highlight how organisations can attract male workers.

A diverse caring workforce for Scotland

In Scotland in 2016 the NHS was reportedly spending £64,000 a day on agency nurses, with only one third of NHS staff feeling staffing levels were sufficient for them to do their job properly.

A recent Care Inspectorate report ‘Staff Vacancies in Care Services 2016’ revealed that more than a third of social care services across Scotland have unfilled staff vacancies in the past year and 41% of services with vacancies reported having problems filling them.

Men could provide an untapped resource for new staff as the introduction of new technologies reduces job opportunities in many male-dominated jobs. 

Increasing the number of men in care will also challenge stereotypes of carers in popular culture and provide more choice for those in receipt of care. There will be men who are currently cared for by women, not because they wish to be, but because there is no alternative.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The experience of men currently working in caring professions and their routes into employment
  • Attitudes towards men working in care
  • Awareness of the caring professions as an option for men
  • The barriers for men entering caring professions

Who will benefit from attending?

This event will be of interest to all those recruiting in the health and care sectors including senior managers, HR staff, training and development workers, recruitment specialists, health and social care agencies, NHS bodies, local authorities, third sector organisations, housing associations, colleges, universities and more.

Confirmed speakers

  • Morag Alexander OBE, Chair, ELCAP; Co-Chair, Scottish Commission on Older Women; Former Convener, SSSC; Former Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission; Former Director, Equal Opportunities Commission (Chair)
  • Kay Steven, Policy Officer, Equality Challenge Unit
  • Phillip Gillespie, Director of Innovation and Development, SSSC
  • Dr Jason Schaub, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham
  • Angela Vettraino, Manager, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus
  • Ailsa Cormie, Employer Liaison Advisor: Administration, Business Services, Care, Health and Hospitality, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus
  • Kenny Spence, Project Manager, Men in Childcare
  • Craig Davidson, Student Nurse, Glasgow Caledonian University and Scottish Representative, RCN Student's Committee
  • Dr James Taylor, Senior Lecturer: Academic & Professional Lead for Mental Health, University of the West of Scotland
  • Maggie Carson, Lecturer in Nursing and Undergraduate Programme Director for the Bachelor of Nursing, The University of Edinburgh

 

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Opening remarks from the chair

Morag Alexander OBE, Chair, ELCAP; Co-Chair, Scottish Commission on Older Women; Former Convener, SSSC; Former Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission; Former Director, Equal Opportunities Commission

Session 1: Scoping the challenge

10:05 Balancing the social care workforce

Phillip Gillespie, Director of Innovation and Development, SSSC

10:25 The role of men within the health sector

10:45 Questions and discussion

10:55 Panel discussion: the experience of men currently working in caring professions

Panelists include:

  • Craig Davidson, Student Nurse, Glasgow Caledonian University and Scottish Representative, RCN Student's Committee

11:25 Refreshments

Session 2: Overcoming the barriers

11:40 The latest research on the barriers to men entering the health and care workforce

Dr Jason Schaub, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham

12:00 The opportunities for attracting men to the caring workforce

Dr James Taylor, Senior Lecturer: Academic & Professional Lead for Mental Health, University of the West of Scotland

Maggie Carson, Lecturer in Nursing and Undergraduate Programme Director for the Bachelor of Nursing, The University of Edinburgh

12:20 Questions and discussion

12:35 Lunch

Session 3: Practice from across Scotland

13:20 Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus’s Men into Care Project

Angela Vettraino, Manager, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus

Ailsa Cormie, Employer Liaison Advisor: Administration, Business Services, Care, Health and Hospitality, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus

13:40 Improving the gender balance in the caring professions

14:00 Attracting and increasing student diversity

Kay Steven, Policy Officer, Equality Challenge Unit

14:20 Men in childcare

Kenny Spence, Project Manager, Men in Childcare

14:40 Questions and discussion

14:55 Closing remarks from the chair

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change

 

Venue

Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
25 September 2018

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