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Promoting the Health of Women Working in Home Care: towards an inclusive Women's Health Strategy

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Abstract

This report is a submission of evidence to the Department of Health and Social Care following a call for input towards a new Women's Health Strategy. The report discusses what is known about specific health needs of women working
in adult social care generally and home care specifically, with a focus on London. It also offers recommendations how the Women's Health Strategy could reflect these needs. It is co-produced with the assistance of the Proud to Care Board of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) London which includes home care providers, London Boroughs and other stakeholders. Their experience of London’s home care workforce has informed the evidence presented here and the emphases made. The health of home care workers, the vast majority of whom are women, is not just of interest at times of pandemic; it matters in addressing staff turnover, continuity of care for their clients, sickness absences but also the long-term impact on women’s later lives. The home care workforce is largely female; a Women’s Health Strategy needs to address their needs and capacity to support other people in need of care and support.

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