Carer story – Roundtable with Minister for Care

We are very proud of Lina from our Rapid Response team who joined a roundtable discussion on women’s health with the Minister for Care recently.  Lina was invited to attend this event after sharing her experiences of working in care during the pandemic with her Care Manager Erica and our Head of Operations Hannah Morgan.  The event focused on discussing women’s health and wellbeing in the workplace and the discussions will play a role in helping to inform the first Women’s Health Strategy for England.

Lina shares more about why this event was important to her below:

“As around 80% of the care workforce is female I believe it’s important for women to be able to take the lead in deciding women’s health policies.  The event was a unique opportunity to express my views about women’s health policies, directly to the decision makers and The Good Care Group helped me do that.  We spoke about our views and experiences within the scope of the women’s health strategy and what can be done to support health and wellbeing for women at work.

Drawing upon my experiences of working at The Good Care Group I was able to share the systems we have in place to help support our wellbeing.  For example we have an employee assistance service which is free to us whenever we feel we need to support our mental health, this has been particularly important during the pandemic.  There are experts in many different areas on the end of the phone to help support with any challenges life may bring.  My manager is there for me to talk to if there is something I do not feel able to resolve myself and as a Rapid Responder I am also able to offer support to other carers who might need someone to talk to.  Our Admiral Nurse Jane is always very supportive and is there for all of us when we are dealing with challenges in our work.

I was very proud to be involved in this and it was a priceless experience to be in the same room with all these remarkable women who want to change health policies for the better.”

If you would also like the opportunity to share your views to help inform the government’s Women’s Health Strategy for England complete the public survey by clicking here.

Women’s health. Let’s talk about it.

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