Cardiff University studies COVID-19 impact on care workers in Wales


Home care workers in Wales are being urged to share their experiences of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a new research project.

The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University would like to conduct phone interviews with registered domiciliary care workers to assess the impact of COVID-19 on their physical and mental health.

The study team are looking to contact around 10 interviewees, who will be offered an Amazon voucher in return.

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If you are interested in taking part in the Outcomes for Social Carers: an Analysis using Routine data (OSCAR) study, contact Hayley Prout at the Centre for Trials Research by email or call 029 2068 8907.

A recent survey found that three quarters of care workers in England have experienced worsened mental health as a result of their work during the pandemic.

GMB, the care workers’ union, has warned of a looming “care workers’ crisis” as its survey of more than 1,200 frontline professionals found their mental health declined throughout the second wave, with respondents reporting it being poorer in December and January than in September and October.

The research also found that care workers’ scores for happiness had fallen by 12% and self-reported anxiety levels had risen by 6%.

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