Whose Sleep? Our Sleep!

Stand up to Mencap on October 27th

Bristol Care Workers Network

During 5 years a previous employer I did a minimum of 1 sleep in a week, and towards the end of my time there I was doing 3 a week. I was paid £30 a night for this 8 hour window, which works out at £3.75 per hour. At the time I enjoyed it, the shift was 2-1 and in the community. Until the ruling last year I hadn’t given it much thought, this shows how much we just accept in this industry. Upon reflection it makes complete sense that we should be paid an hourly rate.

In recent years it has been recognised that sleep is vitally important for both our short term, and long term well-being. Within mental health services sleep hygiene is one of the core things people will work on. We are told that it is important to have a regular sleeping pattern, make your sleep…

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