The UK Government have announced a Public Inquiry into its handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic. We do not yet know the full scope of the inquiry, but what we do know, is that the social care workforce have and continue to face significant challenges as a result of the pandemic, and these challenges need to be made known.
As a professional body, NACAS is in a position to make sure its members voices are heard. With this in mind our partner Hogan Lovells is working with NACAS to ensure individual voices of care workers, service managers and anyone else in the sector who would like to be involved is heard, and are asking NACAS members about their experiences as a frontline, social care worker during the pandemic, in particular, how safe you felt at work, access to PPE, your own heath and well-being, how measures were put in place to manage the risk you faced and so on.
We all know about the PPE fiasco at the start of the pandemic, instances of care home managers having to accept Covid positive individuals into their homes, care workers choosing to "live" at their care home to protect themselves and their families. Many social care workers, whether directly or self employed will have their own experiences, and it is these experiences Hogan Lovells wish to hear about.
How To Get Involved
There are two ways to be involved.
Firstly, members can contact Helen Boniface and Scott Baxter at Hogan Lovells and give a statement, their contact details can be found in the NACAS Member Area.
All statements will then form part of witness testimony into the inquiry, at which Hogan Lovells will be representing NACAS on behalf of its members.
And/or, secondly, there is a survey that members can complete, details of which can also be found in the Member Area
We are also setting up webinars so that NACAS members can learn more about a Public Inquiry, and what it means. More details of this in the coming days.
We are pleased to be able to play a prominent role in this most important of inquiries. It is our hope that NACAS will also be accepted as a Core Participant. It is only through understanding the issues that social care workers really faced that people will be able to establish better processes going forward.
If you are not a member of NACAS but are a social care worker, and would like to participate in the inquiry, please email email@example.com