UNISON's Ethical care campaignIn the summer of 2012 UNISON conducted a survey of homecare workers entitled "Time to Care" to illustrate the reality of the homecare work across the UK and to show the impact on the people who receive the care.
The responses formed the basis of a report entitled "Time to Care" which showed a committed but poorly paid and treated workforce which is doing its best to maintain good levels of quality care in a system that is in crisis.
The report highlights how poor terms and conditions for workers can help contribute towards lower standards of care for people in receipt of homecare services.
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This report has led to a new UNISON campaign to improve the standard of homecare where we are asking that councils responsible for commissioning homecare services implement our Ethical Care Charter.
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The Ethical Care Charter will ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in our society receive an improved standard of care.
It will also ensure that homecare workers' terms and conditions reflect the respect and value they deserve and give them the time and ability to do what they do best; provide quality levels of care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
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Your MP can help to move the issue up the political agenda in a number of ways and can play a part in bringing about more dignified and humane levels of homecare.
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We're asking all councils to adopt an ethical care charter when commissioning home care services.
You can help by emailing your local councillor and asking them to adopt UNISON's ethical care charter.
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