Care England has called for adequate long-term funding and support for the adult social care sector in written evidence submitted to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s inquiry into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England says: “The adult social care workforce is the frontline and needs the same access to resources as colleagues in the NHS in order to cope with the additional demands upon it. Out of all of the hardship which has stemmed from COVID-19 there needs to be a positive trend towards professionalisation and reward in the adult social care sector”.
The inquiry will look at the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress due to the added pressures of COVID-19.
With COVID-19 worsening many adverse trends seen in the adult social care sector, including absenteeism, recruitment, retention and turnover, the committee calls for financial sustainability of social care providers to allow them to focus solely on providing care and support to some of society’s most vulnerable.
Martin Green adds: “Whilst the workforce is resilient, it is only as resilient as the funding and support behind it, hence the need for adequate long-term support for the sector”.