National home care provider Caremark has made an urgent call-out for 2,000 people to join the company amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said COVID-19 is heightening demand for home care services to “unprecedented levels”, while care and support workers find themselves having to self-isolate, either because they are displaying symptoms themselves or have come into contact with somebody who has, or might have, the virus.
“The epidemic is exacerbating existing staff shortages, whilst creating bigger demands for our services,” said David Glover, managing director at Caremark.
“We urgently need to recruit 2,000 care and support workers in order to bridge this gap and make sure people who need high quality home care receive it, wherever they live in the country.”
The 2,000 care and support worker vacancies are available across Caremark’s network of 120 franchised home care businesses, which are located all over the UK.
Caremark Limited is working with the United Kingdom Homecare Association, the Care Quality Commission and the government to temporarily amend certain regulations to make it faster to recruit staff.
An independent care group has recently written to Boris Johnson outlining the urgent need for more care workers to cover the increased demand on their services amidst staff shortages caused by sickness and self‐isolation during the Covid-19 outbreak.
They request a clarification is made in legislation that anyone wishing to work in the provision of care, including the NHS or any form of social care, will be permitted to take up paid employment in the NHS and with social care providers, even if they are currently furloughed in other industries and receiving 80% of their wage.
Glover continued: “Care and support workers are the lifeblood of their local communities, especially when the country is in the midst of a national emergency. We urgently need compassionate people, so get in touch.”