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TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE


Credit - Fitzroy, Barchester


Credit - Octavia


Spread theHappiness


The wellbeing of care workers should be on the agenda alongside the welfare of care receivers, says John Ramsay, Founder and MD of Social-Ability, as he explores the role that technology can play in empowering staff.


John Ramsay


Taking place every July since 2018, Glad to Care Awareness Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves just how important it is to support the wellbeing of tireless social care staff. While this marks a significant week for the sector, there can be no doubt that fostering the wellbeing of care workers must be a year- round practice and one that’s


even more important in the wake of COVID-19 pressures.


With four in every five carers saying that their mental health has been damaged at work during the pandemic, the problem requires urgent attention. The issue of workers’ wellbeing deteriorating has only added to the long-standing challenges faced by the social care sector with care staff experiencing


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highly stressed, poorly paid work, which in turn has led to the sector at large facing skills and staff shortages. Sadly, these issues existed long before the pandemic arrived.


Investment has long been talked of but the social care sector needs money now not further promises. Part of this investment should be spent on technology. In fact, technology is proving vital for levelling-up the experience of social care settings overall, both for those who provide care as well as those who receive it.


REVISITING WORKERS’ WELLBEING


There is no doubt that the social care sector has faced unprecedented challenges over the course of the last 18 months. Much attention has understandably focused on the big picture – such as the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the 94% of local authorities expected to face cuts to social care services in the next year – but it is vital not to let frontline support staff feel forgotten on an individual level.


www.tomorrowscare.co.uk


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