COVID-19 Recruitment Support
Care providers face immense workforce challenges during these unprecedented times. Norfolk County Council and N&SCS are working together to support you to recruit, check and train new staff as swiftly as possible through a package of measures. Details of this support will appear on this page and be regularly updated.
If you need any information or support with your recruitment that isn't covered on this page, please email us and we will do what we can to assist and advise you.
Join Social Care is a recruitment platform that makes it easier for care providers to reach people in their local areas looking to work in the sector.
The online platform, developed and licensed from Cera Care, allows candidates to record a video interview and access free training supported by Skills for Care before starting employment.
Registered providers are then able to search for candidates in their local area, view their video interviews before starting DBS checks and training processes and make conditional offers making recruitment more streamlined during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Free online induction training for candidates is provided by Skills for Care endorsed learning providers and will include infection prevention and control, basic life support and first aid and safeguarding adults.
As part of the recruitment process candidates will undertake pre-employment checks to help fast-track the recruitment process for employers. Providers can start the DBS checking process as soon as they have identified a potential employee and looked at their video interview.
To gain access to the site care providers will need to register with their CQC contact email address for the location. All registered providers are able to sign up now at:
The national recruitment campaign 'Care for others. Make a difference' is live builds upon the Every Day Makes A Difference recruitment campaign by reflecting the current urgent recruitment need.
Adverts have been running across national television, radio, social media and online to inspire people to make a difference now by working in social care.
How you can support the campaign:
- Continue to advertise on Norfolk Care Careers & Jobs
- Continue to advertise on DWP Find a Job. Simplified instructions here.
- Share the specialist campaign video or create a video message, or picture of thanks of your own and share it by tagging the @everydayisdifferent Facebook page and #ThankYouCareWorkers.
- Share and like social content posts from the @everydayisdifferent Facebook page
- Encourage your staff and care recipients to take part in the campaign and tell their unique stories via their own channels and tagging @everydayisdifferent Facebook page
The Facebook page can be found here.
For more information on the campaign please visit: everydayisdifferent.com
Skills for Care have developed a series of webinars on a range of topics to support managers and their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you that couldn’t make the live feed here is the recording of the webinar on recruitment which has some helpful hints and tips.
Skills for Care have developed a series of webinars on a range of topics to support managers and their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you that couldn’t make the live feed here is the recording of the distance recruitment webinar.
Skills for Care have developed a series of webinars on a range of topics to support managers and their service during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you that couldn’t make the live feed here is the recording of the safe recruitment webinar.
Norfolk Care Careers and Jobs is the website from Norfolk County Council where social care employers can promote vacancies free of charge. It is where people looking to work in care during the COVID-19 outbreak will be directed to look.
You can download the guide below as a PDF HERE
This guide (now version 1.1 - updated 09/04/20) has been put together by Helen Haycock (Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Norfolk County Council Adult Social Services), with the support of the team at Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support. It aims to give you some tips and advice about recruiting quickly, but safely, during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Information and support regarding trianing staff during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: