Efforts to call-up new frontline social care workers has been ramped up as a fast track recruitment drive is launched due to the coronavirus pandemic cutting the county’s workforce.

Gloucestershire County Council said the adult social care sector has been hit by Covid-19 and estimated 15 per cent of frontline care staff are unable to do their jobs because they’re self-isolating.

The authority now wants to bring in new care workers into the department quickly via a fast track recruitment programme in order to keep the county’s most vulnerable people safe.

The scheme will help care providers fill a number of flexible, temporary and permanent paid roles.

Interviews will take place by telephone and online, and full training will be provided.

The county council said: “Working in social care is incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding, where every day is different and most people don’t realise that the skills they’ve developed and values they hold, can be transferred to a successful career in care.

“The council is encouraging everyone who wants to make a difference, to talk to the team about opportunities in care.”

To apply, you can complete an enquiry form online at www.proudtocareglos.org.uk or email the team direct at ptc@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at the county council, said: “More than ever before, we need people to help support our county’s most vulnerable. We are looking for individuals who want to be part of the incredible work being done to support vulnerable adults across the county during this incredibly challenging time.

“I know from personal experience as a nurse just how rewarding it is to support people and I would encourage people to apply. You don’t need to have previous experience, just a natural flair for helping people, as full training will be provided.”