Pay boost for Priory health and social care workers

  • Priory Adult Care raises pay to minimum of £9.90 an hour in line with Real Living Wage (RLW)
  • Hundreds of workers will see pay rise this month (July)
  • The rate reflects the rising cost of living, and recognises the delivery of high-quality care, and staff’s ‘incredible dedication’ during the pandemic
  • Coupled with an April uplift, it will result in an increase of more than 11% for many of those working in Priory Adult Care

Hundreds of Support Workers working for Priory Adult Care will receive a pay rise this month as the organisation raises salaries in line with the Real Living Wage.

The uplift – to a minimum of £9.90 an hour - will be given to all Support Workers and healthcare assistants working in residential care homes, as well as services supporting older people, and ‘Supported Living’ services which help people live more independent lives.

It will put more into full-time workers’ pay packets, helping to ease cost of living pressures.

With global factors pushing up the cost of everyday essentials, Priory, which is actively recruiting new care workers, said it wanted to act wherever it could to mitigate rising costs. A full-time worker paid the new £9.90 hourly wage will receive well over £1,000 in additional wages over a year.

The rise also recognises and rewards Support Workers on the frontline who consistently deliver high-quality, compassionate care to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Priory, the UK’s leading independent mental healthcare and social care provider, said.

Priory CEO Rebekah Cresswell, said: “Having worked in Adult Care, I have first-hand knowledge of the importance of our support workers and the challenges they face. I hope this pay rise reinforces how, at Priory, we value care as a career.

“Care is a vocation with purpose, and one that is fundamental to our society. That’s why at Priory we’re committed to investing in our Support Workers and supporting them to grow in their roles and careers.”

The rise took effect from Friday (July 1). It means Support Workers currently paid £9.50 per hour (National Living Wage for those over 23 years old), will see a boost in their income. This is in addition to the increase they received in April which saw the hourly rate rise from £8.91.

The April and July uplifts will result in a total increase of 11.1% for many of those working within Priory Adult Care.

As one of the leading providers of specialist adult care in the UK, Priory Adult Care provides a range of specialist residential and supported living services for adults aged 18 years and over with a learning disability, autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, brain injuries or a mental health condition. It also supports older people who require residential, nursing and dementia care in later life.

With over 230 care homes, as well as a network of supported living services, it aims to offer the highest standards of person-centred care within safe and homely environments, enabling people to lead fulfilled lives and where possible, achieve positive outcomes regardless of age or presumed ability.

Priory Adult Care is currently urging those interested in roles within its service to make contact:

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About Priory and MEDIAN

Priory is the UK’s leading independent provider of mental health services. We treat more than 70 conditions, including depression, anxiety, addictions and eating disorders, as well as children’s mental health, across our nationwide network of sites. We also support autistic adults and adults with a learning disability, Prader-Willi Syndrome and brain injuries, as well as older people, within our specialist residential care and supported living facilities – helping as many people as possible to live their lives.

Priory is part of the MEDIAN Group, one of Europe’s leading providers of high quality mental health and rehabilitation services. The MEDIAN Group comprises 290 facilities with 5,000 beds caring for 28,000 people in the UK, 120 facilities with 20,000 beds caring for around 250,000 patients in Germany, and 15 facilities with 2,000 beds caring for 13,000 people in Spain, with more than 29,000 employees overall.

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