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"We do the job because we love it" but it would be nice recognition.

I believe that frontline care staff nurses, care assistants etc should be on a higher pay grade than what we are. For many people it simply isn't enough to live off if you have children and bills to pay for, which in turn results in you picking up extra shifts and burning yourself out and then also missing out on time with your family. I know myself from working in the sector in can actual be quite dangerous as you sometimes can have very violent patients and can often get abused by them, but we still choose to do our jobs. I often hear many people saying that " we don't do our job for the money, we do it because we love it" yeah we do enjoy it and dare I say love it, however it would be nice to feel more valued for what we do, I feel frontline staff need more recognition for what they do. we aren't just nurses or care assistants or support workers, we could be someone's family if they don't have any, we could be the only friendly face they see for the day, were emotional support if someone's family member passes away, the list honestly goes on. I feel we need the recognition for things we do and the extras too.

Matt Hancock 5 months ago

Dear Jess,

Thank you for getting in touch. I wanted to respond to your comment directly as I want you to know that you are valued; by this government, by the country and by the people and families you support every day.

From the time that I’ve spent with front line care workers, I know that it doesn’t always feel that way, and I’d like to change that. Earlier this year we consulted with the adult social care workforce and my department are already looking at lot of the themes you’ve raised in your comment to ensure you feel more recognised and valued for the work you do.

We’re also launching an adult social care workforce recruitment campaign later this year, to raise public awareness of the breadth of exciting and rewarding roles and careers available in social care. It’s so important for me that the members of the public know about the 1.47 million people doing an incredible, and often selfless job, caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Thanks for sharing and please do let us know if you have any further ideas on how your experiences as a care worker can be improved.

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