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Involve carers in care role design, says Church of England in care covenant blueprint

Frontline care workers and the people they care for should co-design their caring roles, according to a Church of England commission.

In a new report, Care and Support Reimagined: a National Care Covenant for England, senior clerics say that this would improve care and job satisfaction in care homes.

They call for greater emphasis on purpose, behaviours, attitudes and skills, than tasks and for recruitment based on values, and culture and leadership.

A key tenet of the report is the development of an NHS Constitution-style National Care Covenant which makes clear the role of citizens, families, communities, and the state both in providing support and paying for it.  For formal carers in care homes the report also suggests redesigned roles, improved pay and conditions and parity of value to NHS work.  

Commenting on the report, Archbishops of Canterbury and York Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell say: “Whilst changes are proposed to the social care system, with the long-term aim to make social care a universal entitlement, reform alone cannot bring about the change we seek. The Commission offers a vision of one-another care, where we have a better sense of what we should do for each other in communities and neighbourhoods.”

Disability charity Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) remains seriously concerned about funding and the workforce pressures being faced by disability services. Chief Executive Dr Rhidian Hughes, said: “Without concerted action in the Spring Budget to uplift care workers’ pay, the risks to the sustainability of services, and the provision of high quality and safe care will remain real and ever present.”

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