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Social care chain creates hundreds of jobs across Yorkshire and North East

A Yorkshire social care company has announced that it will be creating 500 jobs in the county in the coming months.

Exemplar Health Care, based in Rotherham, is creating the roles to meet the growing demand for social care amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company is creating 1000 jobs overall, with the remaining 500 spread across the North East, Midlands and North West.

The roles will be for associate carers, supporting people in the company’s 32 care homes.

Lynne Waters, HR director of Exemplar Health Care, commented: “The need for care home workers is rising, especially during this time when many of our most vulnerable residents need extra support to stay safe, and when more colleagues than usual might be off work.

“We are hoping to find new staff members to support us in our efforts to ensure that people can still access the high-quality care that they need, while also enriching their lives in the best way that we can.

“Being a companion, encouraging people to get involved in activities and supporting people at mealtimes are all part of the role of an associate carer – and we also offer fantastic training.

“New recruits will complete an accelerated induction programme to ensure that they are confident and competent before they start work, and will be supported by a ‘work buddy’ for up to 12 weeks in their chosen home.

“We’ve implemented a number of precautionary measures, and are closely monitoring the government’s guidelines and advice to ensure your safety, should you start working at Exemplar Health Care.

“We’re working with our external suppliers, relatives and visitors to reduce unnecessary visits to our homes.

“And it is now our policy that everyone entering an Exemplar Health Care building must wash and dry their hands and complete a screening questionnaire before entry.

“We’ve put measures in place to ensure that all colleagues have received up-to-date training about infection prevention and control, and specific training about coronavirus.

“Our homes have increased their daily cleaning schedules and we’re providing extra supplies of cleaning products, to ensure that everyone living and working in our homes stays well.”