Social care teams have called for greater support and appreciation, following an attitudinal survey conducted ahead of UK Care Week.
In a survey conducted by the UK Care Week conference and exhibition team, the survey found the following:
- 72 per cent of carers think their salaries are unfair
- 70 per cent don’t feel confident in their ability to sustain their business over the next year
- 78 per cent don’t feel supported by the social care system
- 75 per cent feel groups and communities are important in giving care workers a voice.
Surveyed staff also called for more support from managers in the form of appreciation, recognition, involvement in business decisions, better terms and conditions including pay and time off, and skills and training.
Solutions such as a National Care Service for England were mooted, as a way of resolving recruitment, retention and funding challenges facing the industry.
Steve Clarke, UK Care Week managing director, said: “Care workers are crying out to be listened to… to avoid burnout and mass shortages from staff leaving the sector.”
He added: “The results of this survey have inspired us to commit to the annual undertaking of this survey to give care professionals a voice on how they feel the sector is performing.”
Nadra Ahmed OBE, National Care Association executive chairman, added: “The success of any vision will depend on a confident workforce who feel valued, acknowledged and rewarded for what they do and believe that the pathway they are one will be one which is a recognised career one.”
To read the National Care Awareness report and register for the UK Care Week conference and exhibition (July 6-7) please visit UK Care Week.