Laura Sharman 14 January 2021

Social care directors warn of 'exhausted' workforce

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Social care needs an immediate cash injection to support exhausted staff and ensure services don’t collapse, service directors have warned today.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said ‘alarming’ gaps are appearing in services due to staff shortages caused by sickness absence, people self-isolating and sheer fatigue.

It also highlights the fact the sector had existing vacancies of 112,000 prior to the start of the pandemic.

James Bullion, ADASS president, said: 'We need funding, now, to enable care providers to recruit extra skilled pairs of hands and we are asking anyone who has done care work in the past to think very seriously about returning to help us get through this. Every single person who steps forward will be making a huge contribution.'

ADASS is calling for an additional £480m in England to increase provision of care at home for older and disabled people so that they can live independently.

One year on, councils will be central to recovery image

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
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