Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is backing a major national campaign by The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to recruit more adult social care workers and address the estimated 110,000 vacancies in England. Running across February and March, the campaign aims to fill the sector’s recruitment gap and support local recruitment activity by increasing interest in adult social care as a career choice and driving awareness of the variety of roles available. Anyone can support the campaign by sharing or liking the campaign’s Facebook page at

    Key to the campaign is promoting social care as a career with good progression and professional development. Roles include nursing home carers, activities co-ordinators in the community, hospital occupational therapists and personal assistants helping people in their own home. An estimated 1.47 million people work in adult social care in England with 96% saying that they feel their job makes a difference to people’s lives. Mr Stride said:

    “There is a both a short-term need to address current vacancies but also the long-term need to meet the demands of our ageing population. Given the predicted rise in the number of people over the age of 65, the adult social care workforce will need to grow by 40% (650,000) by 2035 to keep up with demand. The Government is right to make this a top priority and I encourage providers to advertise their vacancies on DWP Find a Job, which is where the campaign and website will direct people to.” 

    The importance of recruiting more adult social care workers was underlined during a meeting Mel recently held with community-owed North East Dartmoor Care in Moretonhampstead, who are currently recruiting carers, senior carers and support workers. For more information visit, ring 01647 279211 or email NEDCare will pay travel time and costs between visits and is committed to ensuring the best possible terms and conditions for staff as the company grows.