Posted on Wednesday 17 February 2016 by Ulster Business

Care company creates 120 new jobs

Health Minister Simon Hamilton with Care Worker Caitlin Boyle receiving her Care Induction Completion Certificate at the launch of the Connected Health Training Suite.

A Belfast company has announced 120 new jobs as part of an expansion across its Northern Ireland care homes.

Connected Health will create the full and part time carer posts in the city as well as in Lisburn and North Down over the next year.

It made the announcement at the same time as opening a new training suite at its Boucher Road headquarters.

The facility will train new employees and also ensure the ongoing career development and career succession planning of the 147 existing staff which look after 400 “clients” across its care homes.

Douglas Adams, CEO of Connected Health, said the suite represents a big commitment to its staff.

“In recent months the staff and board of Connected Health have worked tirelessly to identify, pilot and roll out a range of initiatives and programmes to radically improve, augment and re-invent our approach to caring for older and more vulnerable people in their homes,” he said. “This wider, strategic approach has culminated in our joint announcement.”

Health Minister Simon Hamilton visited the new facility.

“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,” he said. “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 them 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.”

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