A TEESSIDE health care trust has asked the local population to consider the NHS as a career after what it describes as a ‘landscape changing’ year for the sector.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have released a campaign to recruit staff to support their busy wards and department during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the added pressures they face during the winter months.

The ‘team support worker’ post has been created at pace by a task force within the organisation to respond directly to staff who say they need additional hands to keep the standards of the care they deliver high.

The Trust says they are looking to hear from people across Teesside who want to make a difference to their patients and families.

The Trust are hosting a number of recruitment days across the region and are hoping to speak with potential recruits about the opportunities a career in the NHS can offer.

Jean Angus, Head of Nursing Education and Placements, said: "Choosing the NHS, in particular North Tees and Hartlepool is a real investment for someone thinking of a new career. These roles are a really unique opportunity to get involved at grass roots level and really think about what they can currently offer with the opportunity of a long-term career within one of the world’s most cherished and respected health care providers."

The roles are described as ‘enabling’ positions, helping patients to achieve independence and to ‘make the most of every day’.

Although the roles are not qualified clinical positions, the post holders will report to a health care professional and in most instances be working in patient-facing environments.