Action for NHS Wellbeing member and social worker Mike Bush in the latest issue of Community Care (Feb 9th 2015) describes how failures in care are inextricably linked, amongst other things to impossible workloads, expectations, party political system interference and sheer exhaustion.
“The health of our nation depends upon many factors, but none more important than the care available to our most vulnerable citizens. The quality of this care, however, is highly dependent on the state of mind of our care-givers. It is well known that caring in itself is a stressful business and the rates of sickness and absence, mental health problems and even suicide are elevated in these professions compared to the general population.
If care-giving professionals are stressed, fatigued, troubled, “burned out” or distracted, then they will not be in a position to attend fully to the needs of people in their care. There is a danger here of seeing any lapse in the quality of care as primarily an issue of the competence, training or even moral character of the social workers, instead of being about their energy levels, mental state and focus.”