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We celebrate our team of carers on Care Workers Rights Day
22 Nov 2021

Here at Ethos the high quality of care and focus on our clients is a fundamental aspect of what we do for those under our wing.

From everyday activities through to twenty four hour live-in care, our staff are always smiling and always willing to do what they can to support our clients as they find their way in living with what is probably a life changing injury. They are there for you!

Today is Care Workers Rights Day so now is the time to celebrate and appreciate the amazing work that carers at Ethos and all over the country are doing.

Each year, CarersUK carries out a survey of  carers to understand the state of caring in the UK and to gather as much information as it can to highlight the state of the care system, particularly that of unpaid carers. 

As it stands, our NHS is feeling immense pressure, with care work in particular suffering financially due to a lack of government funding, an acute shortage of staff and the impact of the pandemic. 

The CarersUK State of Caring 2021 report said:

“Carers’ support has been valued at a staggering £530 million per day during the pandemic, or £193 billion a full year – outstripping the value of the NHS.“

Covid-19 has added to the pressure care workers feel, to the point where care companies are shutting down all over the country, including in Shropshire. Those who do bravely choose to work in care, be it for a company or self employed, soon find themselves struggling financially while juggling a massive workload that, without support, is highly detrimental to their physical and mental wellbeing.

According to the latest industry statistics the average salary for a care assistant in 2021 is between £16,000 to £18,000 a year with an average hourly rate of between £8.50 and £9.50 an hour. Combine this with the rising cost of living in the UK and care workers face an uphill struggle to make ends meet. 

Meanwhile, the recent National Care Forum survey of 340 not-for-profit care providers highlighted the current crisis in the shortage of care workers across the UK.

“Some 67% report that they have either limited or stopped admissions of any new people into care homes or they have had to refuse to take on new requests for domiciliary care for people living in their own homes in the community. Some have had to hand back packages of care to the local authority because they do not have enough staff to provide them. This includes 33% who said they had limited or stopped admissions from hospitals,” it said. 

With over 100,000 care work vacancies across England, according to a report from Skills for Care, the need for a well trained, well paid and a professionally recognised carer workforce is evident.

 The Care Quality Commission has outlined a strategy for improving the work conditions and rights of care workers across the UK, with its core ambitions presently focused on assessing local care systems such as care work agencies and, just as importantly, focusing on tackling inequality in health and care. These are both important and noble aims in this time of turbulence in the industry. But the CQC also recognises the need for urgent action to address the current shortage of care workers in its latest State of Care assessment of health and social care in England. 

 “We are concerned that vacancies may increase further as hospitality and travel industries speed up recruitment and offer incentives to new staff. These industries can offer higher salaries than the care sector. Staff from adult social care may also take up vacant posts in hospitals – especially registered nurses. 

 “These influences, combined with the effects of the requirement for all care home workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, may lead to more care staff leaving, unless a new deal for the care workforce is developed. 

 “This should consider recruitment and retention, training, pay and rewards, the professionalisation of the workforce, and workforce resilience.”

Ethos as a charity wholly supports these ambitions for better standards for care workers. We already have a great team of care workers and anything that can help to improve their work environment and ease the pressures of life through work will always be welcomed by us. 

That’s why at Ethos we are eternally grateful to our team of carers. They have stayed with us, helped us steer through the pandemic and continue to do great work helping people readjust to life with a disability. This is no small achievement. 

So, our message to our carers is be proud of the work you are doing because we at Ethos certainly are!

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