A CAMPAIGN to urgently recruit temporary care workers for older people and adults with disabilities has launched.
The campaign, run by Lancashire County Council, will employ more paid workers to support people throughout the current wave of Covid cases sparked by the Omicron variant.
Jobs on offer will include a variety of roles at the council and independent care providers. Workers will be needed throughout January and February, and possibly beyond.
People who have previously worked in social care and those with no previous experience in the sector can apply.
A number of roles are needed in residential care and supported living services, and within people's homes working for a homecare provider.
People must be fully vaccinated (with at least two doses of the vaccine). It is also strongly advised that they receive the booster jab to work in one of these positions. They must wear PPE, which will be provided, and comply with their employer's testing regime.
County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult social care, said: "The rise in cases caused by Omicron is having a huge impact on health and social care across the country and here in Lancashire.
“Social care workers do a tremendous job supporting older people and adults with disabilities. However, infection rates are high and the sheer number of people having to self-isolate is reducing the staff we have available.
“We're recruiting to these temporary roles to help deal with the added pressures this latest increase in Covid-19 cases is placing on our social care system.
“You don't need any prior experience to apply. Full training will be provided along with guidance and support from more experienced colleagues and managers.
“If you're interested in applying and making a difference to the lives of older and disabled people across our county, visit our website to find out more.”
Tasks involved in the temporary roles include: preparing food and drinks, bedding and laundry duties, light cleaning, undertaking social activities with service users and helping them maintain contact with their friends and relatives.
These temporary jobs could lead to a permanent position with the county council or a care provider.
To apply for a temporary care worker role, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/jobs/carers