AQW 1968/17-22 – Domiciliary care workers

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Health what action has been taken in each Health and Social Care Trust to recruit domiciliary care workers; and how many posts are to be filled in each Trust.

Minister of Health: My Department is currently considering a number of recommendations from the Power to People report recognising the skills, values and attributes of people who work in adult social care as well as pay and conditions across the social care workforce.

Each Trust is individually responsible for managing their own recruitment and are continually seeking such recruitment through a range of approaches.

Currently vacancies for domiciliary care workers are as follows:-

Belfast Trust has 88 vacancies;

Northern Trust has 67 vacancies;

Southern Trust operate a rolling recruitment process which fills vacancies as and when they occur. They are seeking to employ an additional 30 WTE domiciliary care workers during a planned recruitment drive in April 2020;

South Eastern Trust has 30 vacancies; and

Western Trust has 12 vacancies