Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has submitted evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Life Beyond COVID.
In its first inquiry, the Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives. And for how we function as a society, what it might mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the interdependence of the health and social care system and the organisations that operate across the system.
The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for change by facilitating new relationships between primary and social care organisations.
Care England maintains that the CQC must move to promote these new relationships by moving to a system-based approach.
He said: ‘The pandemic has shown us that the social care workforce is the sector’s greatest resource.
‘There is a need to recognise the efforts of health and care professionals as a whole nation. These are the heroes on the frontline leading the fight against Covid-19.
‘The Covid-19 has brought to light the essential role of adult social care. This impetus for change needs to be harnessed, not forgotten, in order to facilitate a fully integrated health and social care system.’
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