The Care Workers’ Charity has criticised the Care Quality Commission’s recent ‘State of Care’ report for not reporting comprehensively on the wellbeing of the social care workforce in their reporting and actions.
They have argued that an increase in incidences of insomnia, depression, anxiety and PTSD among the social care workforce due to the stress and trauma of working during the pandemic, and in some cases losing loved ones, is directly affecting the quality of care they can provide.
The Care Workers’ Charity is calling on the government to better support the social care workforce and provide full sick pay throughout the pandemic, regardless of whether someone is isolating or not.
They claim that the infection control funding is not enough to meet the financial needs of every care worker which is negatively affecting their wellbeing. The charity has itself raised around £2m in a COVID-19 Emergency fund to provide support to these workers.