An appeal is going out to people with varying levels of skills and experience to join or re-join the social care and health sector in Cornwall and help with the ongoing response to the pandemic.
Cornwall Council, independent social care providers and the NHS are relaunching their joint recruitment drive Proud to Care Cornwall this week.
Permanent and temporary staff are needed now to fill a variety of full and part-time roles across the social care and health sector.
There are job vacancies suitable for a range of applicants, including:
- New recruits;
- Those re-entering the profession after a break;
- People from different professions with transferable skills looking for a career change;
- Those who have free time and can work flexibly around a job that suits other commitments.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “As we navigate out of lockdown and continue building Cornwall's recovery, we need hard-working social care and health professionals caring for our most vulnerable residents now more than ever.
“As part of Proud to Care Cornwall we are championing the vital role of social care and health workers. There are a range of job levels available, flexible working hours, full training and support and plenty of opportunities for progression.
“We need people of all ages and backgrounds with integrity, empathy and a caring nature to work in our health and social care settings.”
Kim O’Keeffe, Joint Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at both the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These are brilliant opportunities in truly rewarding roles. This is a great opportunity for those who want to take their first step on an exciting career pathway right through to professional qualification. The COVID-19 Pandemic has led many people to question their direction in life and I would like to encourage people to get in touch with us and explore all the opportunities a career in the NHS can offer; be curious, be brave! the world is your oyster.”
Helen Charlesworth May, Joint Accountable Officer for Public Health and Care for Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow, said: “Our Proud to Care joint recruitment campaigns are key to attracting more people to our health and social care sector. Social care is a great career; you get to transform people’s lives!
“We are raising awareness of social care and health vacancies across Cornwall, helping people understand the benefits of working within the sector and encouraging people to apply for roles now.
"Proud to Care Cornwall is an excellent example of partners across the health and social care system working together to come up with solutions that benefit the people we care for.”
Prospective applicants for roles will be able to speak to people currently working in the sector to understand more about what it is like to work in health and care, opportunities available and to find their ideal job match.
Vacancies are open now on the Proud to Care Cornwall website. All roles will offer full training and support for those new to the sector, with PPE provided by employers.