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Could you be one of our care heroes?

Published: 20 May 2020

Could you be a care hero? We are looking to recruit care workers to support some of Derbyshire’s most vulnerable residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

We are hoping to attract people who have found themselves out of work as a result of the pandemic through offering flexible, long or short-term contracts.

We want 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.

As we respond to the rapidly-changing situation, we have 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 our 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 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 we also offer support to help staff manage their well-being, particularly during this challenging time.

Councillor Jean Wharmby, Cabinet Member of Adult Social Care, issued an appeal for people to consider helping the county’s most vulnerable residents.

She said:

“During the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve seen many, many examples of Derbyshire Spirit where people in our communities are helping each other through this most difficult time.

“Now we need people’s help to make sure we continue to support our most vulnerable residents with the vital care and support they need.

“Our carers are doing an amazing job in very trying circumstances, often going above and beyond the call of duty, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all.

“But we need more people like them so if your working situation has changed in any way – either temporarily or permanently – why not consider working for us? Become a care hero and make a difference.”

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

Councillor Wharmby added:

“Care workers also do a fantastic job supporting our colleagues in the NHS by getting people out of hospital when they are well enough to ensure there are enough beds for people who fall ill with coronavirus.

“And by recruiting more care workers we are able to offer support to people so they can remain independent in their own homes, avoiding the need for them to go in to hospital.

“Like other organisations, we’re being affected by the pandemic as some of our staff are self-isolating while others with underlying health conditions are being shielded and can no longer work.

“We know coronavirus has changed a lot of people’s lives but I’d ask you to consider helping to change lives yourself by helping to care for people who need it most.”

Find out more information and apply.