Step Forward, build your career and play your part in the battle against COVID

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A recruitment campaign for people with and without clinical experience to help fight COVID has been launched

You could play a crucial role in fighting the pandemic, and could even kick-start a new career.

There are a variety of roles available, with on-the-job training provided.

Dr Steve Fawcett, a GP and NHS Medical Director said: “Our most valuable resource is always people, and at the moment we need more of them.

“That is why we have launched our Step Forward campaign. We are looking for people with medical experience to rejoin health and care or take on extra hours.

“But we are also appealing to people who had maybe planned careers in sectors hit hardest by COVID, such as hospitality to consider joining health and care – either as a temporary measure or to build something more long term. If you enjoy working with people and care about customer satisfaction then we would love to speak to you.”

There are a range of positions that need filling. Posts include:

  • Health and care support workers – working at community, ward, care home and vaccination sites
  • Vaccination site administrators
  • Testing & vaccination site stewards
  • Covid-19 Swabbing
  • Contact Tracing
  • Swabbing buddies – supporting with logistics and admin

Dr Fawcett,said: “With winter approaching and the need to mobilise for a COVID vaccination campaign we need people who care to step forward.

“People will get the training and support they need to stay safe, with the full PPE required for their role and place of work provided. We’re not putting a limit on the number of people we want to recruit.”

A new website has been established to promote the campaign with real life stories of how people have been working to support health and care, and building their careers.

People who successfully apply will join the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Health and Care People Hub. The hub will allocate work depending on individual preferences, with flexibility about work hours and location.

Dr Fawcett said: “This work will be incredibly rewarding and may change your mind about where you want to work in the future.”