A drive to boost Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic has received a positive response. Within the first 24 hours of going live 4,031 people had registered an interest in playing their part in the online HSC Workforce Appeal, including 931 clinical staff.
Commenting on the response Health Minister, Robin Swann said: “This is a really encouraging and positive response and I know the numbers will grow further.
“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has registered their interest and also express my gratitude to those involved in this campaign. It will make a huge difference.
“It is truly heartening to see so many people across Northern Ireland backing the fightback against Covid-19 in so many different ways.”
The HSC Workforce Appeal is in addition to other initiatives to enhance the workforce including final year nursing, midwifery, medical and social work students being deployed ahead of schedule. Plans are being extended to invite 2nd year nursing, midwifery and AHP (including for example, physio, radiography, occupational therapy) to further support care delivery.
The appeal is also seeking non-clinical workers to fill a range of vacancies with paid employment including porters, catering staff, cleaning and domestic services staff, laundry staff, ICT professionals, finance and payroll, call handlers, drivers, electricians, plumbers, joiners, warehousing, maintenance staff and more.
“Our message to people across all the staff groups is simple and urgent – Northern Ireland needs you,” added Mr Swann.
For more information and to register an interest visit HSC.
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