Care England has urged the public to support social care by joining its workforce during the coronavirus outbreak.
With more than 500,000 people having signed up to the ‘your NHS needs you’ campaign, Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, (pictured) said social care also needed the support of the nation to protect some of the society’s most vulnerable.
Martin said: “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.
“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.”
Staff absences have been on the rise following the outbreak of the virus with estimates that up to 220,000 workers could potentially be off sick or self-isolating.
Care home operators have launched individual campaigns to attract those who have lost their jobs due to the virus or to attract retirees back into the workforce.
The call for more volunteers was echoed by the North Yorkshire-based Independent Care Group (ICG) who also urged its members to be ready to take in more residents, increase capacity and help more people in their own home.
The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “We support Care England’s message ‘social care needs you too’ as we know social care is going to need retired care workers or anyone currently with time on their hands to help.
“People should get in touch with their local homes and homecare providers and ask if they can help.”