Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has submitted evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Life Beyond COVID.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “The pandemic has shown us that the social care workforce is the sector’s greatest resource. There is a need to recognise the efforts of health and care professionals as a whole nation. These are the heroes on the frontline leading the fight against Covid-19.”
Care England says the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the interdependence of the health and social care system and the organisations that operate across the system.
The industry body says the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for change by facilitating new relationships between primary and social care organisations, and maintains that the CQC must move to promote these new relationships by moving to a system-based approach.
In its first inquiry the Committee invited people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long term: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/421/life-beyond-covid/
Martin added: “The Covid-19 has brought to light the essential role of adult social care. This impetus for change needs to be harnessed, not forgotten, in order to facilitate a fully integrated health and social care system.”