Sheffield charity Sheffcare joins national care home crisis campaign

Sheffield care home charity Sheffcare has joined the national campaign urging the government to make adult social care a national priority.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:49 am
Sheffcare Chief Executive Claire Rintoul

The #FixCareForAll campaign was launched by MHA, the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK.

Now Sheffcare - the charity that has a chain of ten care homes across Sheffield - is joining their campaign for an adult social care system that meets the needs of Britain today.

That campaign has been given even greater urgency by the events of the past 12 months which saw care homes throughout the country struggling to cope with the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The campaign is urging the government to work towards a new social care system that is both fully resourced and has a fair price for care .

It is also calling for a national workforce strategy that values the sector’s workers, transparency and accountability delivered through financial regulation, care which is co-produced and co-designed by older people and the sector and more seamless pathways and collaboration between health and social care.

Sheffcare chief executive Claire Rintoul said: “Last year we saw people out on their doorsteps and showing their support by clapping for carers.

“That applause was very much appreciated but the hard truth is that people who work in the care system need more than clapping and thanks - they remain undervalued, even though they are providing a vital service.”

As well as addressing the industry’s staffing crisis, Claire added that the campaign was also calling for changes to the whole care system and the way services are accessed.

“These are issues that affected families in all parts of the UK, made worse by 20 years of broken promises topped off by the pandemic and the very serious affect that had on all our workers.

“I know that every member of the Sheffcare team believes in the work they are doing and that our residents and families appreciate that.

“Now, though, we need the government to finally implement a complete overhaul of our social care system and place our workers on an equal footing with the NHS.

“Let’s not forget that the NHS was set up to provide care from the cradle to the grave and after the year the care home system has just been through, we know more than ever before just how much support our residents and workers both need and deserve.

“There’s a template email to MPs ready to be filled in - it’s two minutes of your time that really could help make a massive difference.”

To support the #FixCareForAll campaign simply visit mha.eaction.org.uk/fixcareforall