Improving confidence (and hygiene) in the care sector

Infection control is a key issue in social care. Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England and expert advisory council member for P&G Professional, tells us more.

The effects of COVID-19 are still being felt across the care sector. In recent months we have seen significant increases in the levels of COVID infection, and despite the fact that the rest of society seems to have moved on, social care services are still on the front line of a global pandemic.

Recent data suggests that the care home population has reduced by about 8 per cent and this is due to many factors, but the consequence is reduced occupancy and reduced income. In light of this, it is vital that the care sector starts to think strategically about how it builds confidence to re-establish positive relationships with the public and the people who will be future residents.

The tragic loss of so many residents in the first stages of the pandemic has been exacerbated by the quarantine requirements of the government, and the lack of referrals from both the public and the local authorities.

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