If you’re looking for care work in Winchester, here’s what you need to know about the future of the industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the beginning of March this year Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England, gave a speech at the London Future of Care Conference. He spoke of 2020 as being a year of opportunity. And he expressed the hope that local authorities would review their care delivery services. He suggested that the provision of care should be tailored to the needs of the individual. Social care, he told the audience, needs to respond to service users in new and creative ways.

Professor Green went on to point out that there tends to be a large gap between the rhetoric of politicians, and the actual experiences of service users. And in his view, 2020 should be the year in which care offers more personalised options, tailored to each individual.

Coronavirus as a force for change

As we all know, by the end of March, the whole of the UK had gone into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. And suddenly the care sector was about to be thrust into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. A lack of government and local authority support, together with insufficient PPE shone a stark spotlight on the healthcare industry. As a result, the needs of the social care sector have become one of the main topics being debated across the whole country.

There’s no doubting that Professor Green’s request for change is now being heard. Everyone in the UK has seen for themselves the vital work that healthcare workers do. And the entire healthcare industry has seen a grateful nation shocked by the lack of funding and support that has so far been provided by government.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has suggested that everyone working in the caring professions should be entitled to wear a special badge. But although potentially useful, it doesn’t go nearly far enough to address the current problems. And so the idea of a National Care Service has been put forward

The National Care Service

Critics of the current healthcare system complain that it fails to differentiate between those needing health care, and those needing social care. But there’s no doubt that all of the emphasis, and most of the budget, goes on health-related services within the NHS. With no clear distinction between people’s needs, other than focusing exclusively on health matters, large sections of the community are left without adequate support.

The current system has been in place for well over 50 years and is severely in need of a shake-up. And the proposed National Care Service would take care of social care needs. The aim is to put funding and resources in the hands of local authorities and communities. This would allow them to allocate funds exactly where, and when, they are needed.

Reallocating the management of social care funds could be a real breath of fresh air through the industry. Dedicated recruitment and training opportunities would make the caring profession financially viable too. And that will lead to greater job retention and career progression.

Ask most care support workers and they’ll tell you that they came into the profession specifically to offer tailored, personal help and support to service users. So it’s incredibly heartening to see that the industry has finally become the subject of debate. Support workers and service users alike will reap the benefits.

Growing respect for the healthcare industry

There are plenty of current options for anyone interested in taking up care work in Winchester, and just about anywhere else in the country for that matter. Night after night, we’ve all seen the photographs and videos on the news, showing how important healthcare and social care workers are to us all.

The country wasn’t just clapping for NHS workers every Thursday evening at 8pm. This was ‘Clap for Carers, highlighting the truly important members of the workforce. This has helped to generate a new feeling of respect for all those who put the needs of others first. There really has never been a better time to choose to join the caring profession.

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