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Recruiting Care Makers to support staff during COVID-19 pandemic

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is hiring additional workers to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trust is looking to boost its workforce with a recruitment drive, including the introduction of our paid Care Maker roles to work alongside existing staff.

Supporting all areas across our sites, Care Makers will be able to help care for our patients through vitally important duties.

 

Many of our first recruits to the role are students from Wigan & Leigh College, among other places. They have some experience with the Trust or within a care setting and many have already started their new six-month roles.

The Trust is still looking for those with experience of working in a hospital environment or care setting to become our next group of Care Makers.

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive of WWL said: “Last month we called for volunteers, students, retired healthcare professionals and some of our current staff to be redeployed.

“The response has been extremely positive and I’d like to thank those who have already joined or returned to provide their services, time and support.

“But we need more people. Whether you are clinically trained or have a bit of experience, and whether you can give a lot or a little time to help.”

These multidisciplinary Care Maker roles are part of a range of other clinical and non-clinical paid and volunteering opportunities currently available within the Trust.

In addition to those applying for paid roles, more than sixty volunteers have come forward offering their time through this pandemic and we’re looking for more.

Helen Richardson, Chief Nurse at WWL said: “We’ve had around 100 people come forward to be part of this cohort of our Care Makers, which is just fantastic.

“These people will help to wash, feed and care for our patients alongside our dedicated nursing staff and will play a vital role in helping us to tackle this pandemic.

“We’re so proud to have them come on board with us and join our WWL family.”

Full training and equipment are provided, and DBS checks may be required.