The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on health and care staff. In June the Health & Care Women Leaders Network (HCWLN) commissioned a survey to better understand the impact the pandemic has had on women working across health and care services.
Over 1,300 women responded. The report describes the struggles, pains and fears women working in health and care services have faced during the pandemic. The physical and emotional impact due to caring responsibilities both in and outside of work are significant. It also draws out some of the positive experiences, such as opportunities for learning and the strength of support many have received from their managers.
The HCWLN guiding group wanted to understand the impact the pandemic was having on HCWLN members. They wanted to capture this experience to inform learning and understand any immediate actions and practical steps that can be taken to improve the support to women working in health and care services.