Adult social care workers have been captured at work in a series of new portraits commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care as part of its campaign to raise the profile of the sector and encourage job applications.
The portraits depict care workers with the people they support each day, ranging from the elderly to the young, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or a mental health condition.
Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage attended a reception in the House of Commons this morning, where the portraits were unveiled.
The event was the culmination of the department’s Every Day is Different campaign, which launched on February 12 to address the estimated 110,000 vacancies in adult social care in England by highlighting the varied ways people who work in adult social care make a difference to vulnerable people’s lives.
The minister said: “I wish I could bottle the enthusiasm of some of the inspiring people I’ve met working in adult social care, they sell their profession better than I ever could. With 110,000 vacancies in the sector across England we need more people like them – but as a society we often overlook their vital contribution.
“These portraits capture the compassion and dedication of some of our brilliant care workers. Care work can be physically and emotionally challenging but if you have the right values it can also be hugely rewarding – 96% say their work makes a difference to people’s lives. I think these photos really represent that.”
Chief social worker for Adults at the Department of Health and Social Care Lyn Romeo said: “I started my career in adult social care 40 years ago working as a care assistant. We have hundreds of thousands of people working in the sector but we need more. Often people don’t know there are vacancies or don’t understand what career progression and development is available or how rewarding it is to make a difference to people’s lives.
“These powerful images demonstrate just how vital a profession in care work is, and what a positive impact care workers can make on people’s lives – I hope they inspire people to look into a career in care.”
CAPTION: Georgia O’Rourke, care assistant at Bupa’s Burley Hall, with resident, Joy Steele.