HOSPITAL chiefs have announced they are hiring additional workers to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to boost its workforce through a recruitment drive. This will include the introduction of paid “care maker roles” to work alongside existing staff.
Supporting all areas across the hospital sites, care makers will be able to help support patients “through vitally important duties”. Many of the first recruits are students from Wigan and Leigh College who have some experience with the Trust or within a care setting. Some 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 its next wave of recruits.
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 NHS Trust. In addition to those applying for paid roles, more than 60 volunteers have come forward offering their time through this pandemic and the Trust is looking for more for the roles, which include training.
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.”
If you are interested in a role go to wwl.nhs.uk.