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Recruitment for 100 new roles at County Council underway

Worcester Editorial 10th Jun, 2021

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has launched a significant recruitment campaign to boost numbers of support workers in adult social care.

The County Council is committed to supporting its residents to live healthy and independent lives in their community.

The new roles sit within the Reablement Service and will ensure that residents in Worcestershire can live independently for longer.

The recruitment drive comes after the County Council worked closely with local health partners and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to understand how to help as many people as possible return home following a stay in hospital.

There are just over 100 posts being recruited for, mainly Promoting Independence Assistants (PIAs) but also additional office based roles such as supervisors, co-ordinators and administrators.

Coun Adrian Hardman, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: “The County Council is focussed on helping people to stay independent for as long as possible.

“Our Reablement Service allows us to ensure there is a real emphasis on what people can do rather than focusing on what the individual cannot do and on what needs to be done for them.”

Paula Furnival, the County Council’s Strategic Director of People, added: “We’re delighted to be launching this recruitment campaign.

“We’ve got a fantastic existing team in place and we’re looking for additional colleagues who can contribute in a positive way to the service and offer quality care to those who need it the most.”

The PIAs offer short-term, intensive support to adults who need it in their own homes and should prevent the need for any unnecessary admissions either to hospital or residential/nursing care.

Recent statistics show that in Worcestershire the proportion of people aged 65 and over who are still at home 91 days after discharge from reablement services is 83.5 per cent in Worcestershire. This compares to 82 per cent in England and 81% in the West Midlands.

The adverts went live on June 1. There are a mixture of full time and part time opportunities and all are permanent.

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