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Coronavirus / Council calls for care workers to get in contact

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) is asking experienced social care workers to get in touch, as they may be needed to work in local care homes or provide care in the community in the coming weeks.

According to the SIC there are additional pressures in the council’s community health and social care sector because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The council is appealing for anyone who is able to help if they: have experience of providing personal care; have experience of working with individuals who have general frailties, learning disabilities, mental health conditions or dementia and who are not showing any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Interim head of social care Jo Robinson.

The interim director of community health and social care Jo Robinson said: “We need to ensure that we do all we can to support our care services in the coming weeks. To help us prepare for this, we’d be keen to hear from anyone who is available and interested in providing direct care. We will provide training and support to anyone in these critical posts that will be helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

If childcare is an issue for anyone who would be in a position to help, it may be that support in this area can be covered through the council’s childcare for key workers.

If you are interested and able to help out in any capacity in health and social care, please email Recruitment@shetland.gov.uk or telephone 01595 808808 as soon as possible to register interest.