An urgent appeal has been launched for thousands of new care staff as part of a mass recruitment drive across the North West.
The ‘Be A #CareHero’ campaign – which has been aiming to combat the care home staffing crisis throughout the pandemic – is encouraging local people to come forward and apply for a wide variety of roles looking after the region’s most vulnerable people.
The North West is currently in need of an estimated 5,000 staff members following increased and consistent pressure on health services and hospitals.
Adult social care organisations across the region are now recruiting en masse to ensure essential care is given to those that need it most.
No previous experience is necessarily required for caring roles – but ideal candidates should be “kind, caring and compassionate people who possess good communication skills.”
Roles are currently available in Bolton, Bury, Salford, Stockport and Wigan boroughs in Greater Manchester.
More positions are also open in Cheshire, Lancashire, Halton and Liverpool.
Delyth Curtis, Deputy Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council said the region was “on a collective mission to recruit people” during the pandemic.
She added: “Care Heroes will form part of a national effort to bolster the workforce and showcase the importance of joining social care right now.
“We have a staffing shortage of almost 5,000 people in the North West so we’re very keen to hear from people who could help us reverse the impact.
“Working as a care worker is an incredibly rewarding job and will really suit people who are kind, caring and compassionate, and who have good communication skills. If you think this is you, then please do get in touch.”
Rules in facilities are also being gradually relaxed, and from March 8 care homes residents will be allowed meet with one regular visitor on the premises.
Learn more about becoming a #carehero online.