Health and Care Women Leaders Network

COVID-19 and the female health and care workforce survey update

05 / 05 / 2021

This new report from the NHS Confederation's Health & Care Women Leaders Network presents the findings of a survey commissioned by the network, to find out how the impact of the pandemic on women working across health and care changed as the crisis progressed. It follows up on their first survey and report published in the summer of 2020. In light of the findings from the latest survey, the report includes new recommendations on what must be done to address key issues in this area.

The report shows that, since summer 2020, the impact of the pandemic on the female workforce has demonstrably worsened and more women are reporting an even greater negative impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing. This is linked to the increase in the number of hours women report spending on their caring responsibilities (both in and outside of work). The impact of these responsibilities may be greater for women from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The findings of the survey also show improvement in some areas, including teamworking and increased feelings of camaraderie - but the marked deterioration in the key areas of physical and emotional wellbeing cannot be ignored. With 78 per cent of the health and care workforce being female, the impact of the pandemic on women needs to be considered as part of overall recovery plans. The recommendations included in the report can benefit the whole workforce, not just women.

Read the report and download the slide deck which gives a more detailed look into the findings.

For more information on the network see their dedicated web pages and follow the network on Twitter @hcwomenleaders.

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