Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

21 May 2021

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

The UK-wide survey was open to social care workers, social workers, allied health professionals, nurses and midwives. It received 3499 responses in its second phase (November 2020 to January 2021).

The study focused on the mental wellbeing, quality of working life, burnout and coping strategies of workers during Covid. 

Principal investigator Dr Paula McFadden said: ‘The results […] highlight that a systems-level approach is required to support the health and social care workforce to rebuild, reset and recover.’

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