Health Minister Simon Hamilton officially opened a new training suite at Connected Health, Boucher Road, Belfast, coinciding with an announcement of 120 new Care job opportunities within the service.
The 120 full and part time jobs will be in the Belfast, Lisburn, and North Down areas and will be implemented over the next 12 months.
The Minister said: “My Department has been working incredibly hard in partnership with the local Health Trusts to examine ways of improving the mechanisms for the delivery of care across communities in Northern Ireland.
“The efforts at Connected Health in terms of both the new training facility and the jobs announcement demonstrate that we have the knowledge, talent and ability to improve services to those who need it most within our communities.
“My Department will continue to examine best practice in this vital sector and ensure the wider health and social care ecology can integrate and complement in the most appropriate manner.”
The training suite at Connected Health has been designed and developed to provide in-house and cutting edge training and development support for both new and existing staff.
The suite provides a practical, focused and disciplined environment where staff can learn in a supportive peer orientated and risk free environment.
The investment also ensures ongoing career development and career succession planning for the 147 staff that make-up the Connected Health team.
Brian O’Connor Chairman of Connected Health said: "We are delighted to welcome the Minister to Connected Health Headquarters today for the launch of both our new Training Suite and the announcement of 120 new roles over the next 12 months.
“The Connected Health board and staff team over the last 12 months have worked tirelessly to identify, pilot and roll out a range of initiatives and programmes which radically improve, augment and re-invent the approach to caring for older and more vulnerable people in their homes.
“This wider strategic approach has culminated in our joint announcements today. The Board would like to sincerely thank our incredible ‘Connected' staff team for their commitment, energy and care across the clients we serve on a daily basis".
During his visit the Minster met a number of the Connected Health recent training graduates, the wider support team and also experienced some of the additional innovations brought to the business over the last 12 months.
Notes to editors:
1. Connected Health Ltd is an independent private domiciliary care provider. It aims to develop and deliver a portfolio of services that allow people choice and access to the most appropriate care, whilst remaining in their own homes longer.
2. Its services include domiciliary care, telecare, mental wellbeing, and community enablement. The services can be delivered either on a discreet stand-alone basis or as a package. The company works in collaboration with the public health and social care sector. Connected Health has 147 staff (140 carers) and 400 clients.
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