Student nurse takes up role in homecare

Connected Health has launched a drive to recruit hospitality and retail workers laid off due to the Covid-19 fallout.

Connected Health, the fastest growing advanced homecare company in Ireland and the UK, has announced the creation of 150 new jobs across its operations in Northern Ireland.

Student nurse Emma Cardwell, from Ahgalee, swapped working in a local fish and chip shop for a part-time position as a homecare worker with the domiciliary care provider in mid-April.

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“Working within the Connected Health family has been brilliant for me,” said Emma. “Restaurant and homecare work obviously have very different challenges, but there is still cross-over in terms of skills. Both roles require plenty of organisation, responsibility, good timekeeping, strong communication ability, a high level of professionalism and lots of teamwork.

“Working in homecare has a high level of personal care which is vital to a career in nursing and so this is the perfect position for me to gain essential experience for a career in nursing as I continue my studies at Queens University.”

Ryan Williams, a Director at Connected Health, explained: “Our friends and colleagues within hospitality and retail are sadly facing considerable strain and this is likely to continue in the medium to long term. As a consequence, we want to offer talented, well trained and dynamic individuals the opportunity to retrain and redeploy within the homecare Sector. Details of the new job vacancies and how to apply are posted on our website with all parts of the process, including interview and training, to be conducted via video conferencing.”

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