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Northumbria NHS Trust to establish home care provision and create up to 250 jobs

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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced it intends to provide home care services in North Tyneside and Northumberland, creating up to 250 jobs.

The Trust, which has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission twice since 2015, already provides hospital and community services in the area, but is now establishing additional home care provision.

Once fully established, the service could employ up to 250 people and a recruitment process has just started for the first wave of 25 staff, including a manager to oversee the delivery of home care services.

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Northumbria Healthcare’s chief executive, Sir James Mackey (pictured), said: “Our colleagues in the care sector have worked as hard as our teams in the NHS during a period of unprecedented pressure through the Covid-19 pandemic, and we thank them for their efforts.

“However, we know that there is unmet demand in our communities, which is unsurprising given the growing need nationally for more social care provision. Therefore, an opportunity has arisen for us to use our expertise to help support the care sector in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“Having effective social care services is vital to the entire health system, because to allow the region’s hospitals to cope with the demand from new patients coming in, we need to be able to move on those patients who no longer need hospital care in order to free up beds.

“Through our new service, we can boost the system by adding further provision, ensuring that more people in need of home care can be allocated the support they need through the usual processes. As always, our focus will be on quality and making sure that these services are completely tailored to the needs of the people who use them, and also being first-class services to work in.”

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