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Social care staff urged to help shape Women’s Health Strategy

Helen Whately

The social care workforce is being urged to respond to a call for evidence to help shape a new Women’s Health Strategy.

A roundtable this week led by Minister for Care, Helen Whately (pictured), and Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Professor Deborah Sturdy, was organised to promote the Women’s Health Strategy’s call for evidence that aims to help reduce health inequalities, improve wellbeing and ensure health services are meeting the needs of women.

Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “Women make up 80% of the social care workforce and they have an incredibly important viewpoint. Not only do they have their own personal experiences of the health and care system but they care for many women who have multiple health conditions. Their perspective is second to none.

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“There has already been an incredible response to the call for evidence for our Women’s Health Strategy, with over 50,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers responding so far and it’s really important we capture the experiences and expertise of the social care workforce.

“I’d urge everyone working in social care to make their voice heard in our call for evidence, as it is vital we better understand more about women’s experiences in the workplace and in care, ultimately making health and care work better for us all.”

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO, Care England, said: “It was fantastic to see so many Care England members on the women’s health roundtable with the Minister for Care. The Women’s Health Strategy discussed is a really timely piece, which Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, very much hopes will overturn some of the historical inequities that continue to be played out in the workplace and society.

“For example, breaking those taboos which are often applied to women’s health issues. As we advance, Care England will continue to work with the Minister for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care in their work on this crucial issue.”

Women can share their views and experiences in the call for evidence consultation here.

An ‘easy read’ version can be found here.

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