Milton Keynes company appeals for temporary workers to cover staff on precautionary self-isolation

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A care provider in Milton Keynes is appealing for temporary workers to cover the roles of permanent staff who are self-isolating as a precaution against Covid-19.

PJ Care, which provides specialist neurological care for people with conditions such as Early Onset dementia, Huntington’s disease and brain injuries, needs staff who can start work immediately at its two care centres in the city.

“Firstly, we must stress that we do not have any incidents of coronavirus in our care centres,” said PJ Care Chairman, Neil Russell. “However, because the welfare of our residents is paramount, we have asked staff to stay away from work if they feel unwell in any way. That has left us with a number of positions that we need to fill.

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He added: “We know there will be many people in Milton Keynes who were working in the hospitality industry, for example, who are now facing financial uncertainty but have skills that we would welcome.”

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PJ Care runs two care centres in MK - Bluebirds on Faraday Drive in Shenley Lodge and Mallard House on Dunthorpe Way in Grange Farm. Most residents are under the age of 65 and need specialist nursing care.

Visitors were stopped at both centres two weeks ago in an effort to keep out the virus, and people are only allowed in under exceptional circumstances.

The company is looking for people who can start straight away.

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Neil said: “We are interested to see nursery staff or anyone who has a health and social care qualification for our care positions. But you don’t have to have formal skills - the main thing is that you have care, compassion and commitment, so we’d like to hear from you if you’re a parent or an informal carer.

“The roles are flexible so they can fit into family life and while they are currently temporary, there’s also the possibility that a number of them could become permanent. We hope that some of the will to support healthcare services will extend to giving our residents the care, dignity and support they need.”

Contact PJ Care on 0330 20 20 306 or email [email protected]