At the time of writing, a total of 31,855 people have died from COVID-19 infection in the UK (Department of Health & Social Care, 2020). This includes at least 90 health and Social Care workers. Every Thursday evening people across the UK stand outside their houses and clap, bang pots and sing the praise of the National Health Service (NHS) and Social Care staff for putting their lives on the line to fight COVID-19. They are joined by the fire, police, coast guard and mountain rescue services in doing so. It is an overwhelming expression of national cohesiveness and gratitude.


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Elliott, L. 2020, 'COVID-19: Is it time that Social Care for the elderly was part of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom?', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28(6), pp. 943-944. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12660

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