In response to COVID19 pandemic Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called upon the public to support the adult social care sector. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, will be giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee on Tuesday regarding COVID19 and the care home sector; he will be focusing on PPE supplies, the need for testing and the response from NHS England.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“Adult Social care is open for business and it needs your help. It is adult social care that has the beds needed to ensure that hospitals can deal with the critically ill therefore we need to ensure that there are adequate staff in both sectors”.
On Friday the Government commenced a very successful campaign to encourage retired doctors and nurses back into the NHS. The adult social care sector also needs the support of the nation if it is to continue to support some of society’s most vulnerable during these unprecedented times.
Martin Green continues:
“There are many jobs and volunteering roles in the adult social care sector and we encourage those who are able, or whose circumstances have changed, to consider working or volunteering in care. Social care needs you”.
Unfortunately care homes have been hit hard and in the absence of a quick COVID19 test there have been rising staff absences. Combined with the usual extremely high level of vacancy rates there is the potential to create a perfect storm; if care homes cannot cope the NHS will have an increasing load.