Care England has welcomed the report from the Health and Social Care Select Committee on workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care.
The inquiry examined workforce burnout across the NHS and social care in particular the increased pressures brought about by Covid-19 and the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress.
The key recommendations are as follows:
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: ‘While 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.
‘We want to work with the Prime Minister to ensure that his promise to reform social care is delivered upon and carries the views and experiences of those at the front line.
‘Money alone is not the answer, we need to ensure that social care is established as a career with the kudos associated with due professionalisation and one way to deliver that would be a ten-year plan for workforce akin to that of the NHS.
‘As we made clear in our written submission and oral evidence, health and social care are two sides of the same coin. It is therefore essential that the adult social care workforce has the same access to resources as colleagues in the NHS.
‘Maintaining the financial sustainability of social care providers is of fundamental importance in maintaining the capacity of the integrated health and care system and the resilience of the adult social care workforce.’
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