An inquiry is being made into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care by the Health and Social Care Select Committee, with Care England offering written evidence.
The inquiry will consider increased pressures brought about by COVID-19 and the resilience of services to cope with high levels of staff stress.
The adult social care workforce is the sector’s biggest resource, and even before the pandemic it faced many adverse trends, including absenteeism, recruitment, retention and turnover.
COVID-19 has made some of these issues even more acute in the short term, with NHS providers reporting that 92% of trusts were concerned about burnout among staff.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “The adult social care workforce is the frontline and needs the same access to resources as colleagues in the NHS in order to cope with the additional demands upon it.
“Out of all of the hardship which has stemmed from COVID-19 there needs to be a positive trend towards professionalisation and reward in the adult social care sector.”
He concluded: “Whilst the workforce is resilient, it is only as resilient as the funding and support behind it, hence the need for adequate long-term support for the sector.”