Council appeals for more care workers

Derbyshire County Council is looking to recruit care workers to support some of Derbyshire's most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

The authority is hoping to attract people who have found themselves out of work as a result of the pandemic and is offering flexible, long or short-term contracts.

It wants to hear from people looking for full and part-time roles including former carers who may consider a return to the profession, people aged 18 or over or retirees.

The county council say it has introduced fast-track applications and will meet the costs of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Recruits are needed to offer support to help older and disabled people lead dignified, fulfilled lives in their own homes or in a council-run care home.

Tasks would include helping people get washed and dressed, preparing light meals or snacks and supporting people to take their medication or offer personal care.

There are also vacancies in the county council's residential homes to help get people out of hospital when they are well enough as well as supporting long-term residents or people needing help after surgery.

New starters, along with all other county council care staff, would have access to all the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe while doing their job in line with Government guidelines.

No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given and the authority say it also offers support to help staff manage their well-being, particularly during this challenging time.

As well as people who may no longer be working as a result of the pandemic, the council is also calling for retired care workers to return and young people who are looking to get on the career ladder.

If you are interested, you can apply at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/working-for-us/jobs/coronavirus/coronavirus-recruitment.aspx

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