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International hires spearhead growth for Chorley-based care home group

A leading care home group has hired several new employees as part of an international recruitment drive as it continues to expand across England.

With a wealth of experience and specialist care skills in nursing, not-for-profit organisation HICA Group has recruited seven nurses from the Kerala region in India. Five employees are based at The Lodge in Chorley, HICA Group’s specialist nursing care home designed to support people living with a dementia and the challenges they face.

The care business, which owns and manages residential care homes across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire as well as two retirement villages in East Yorkshire and Lancashire, worked in partnership with a national recruitment agency to source experienced and skilled nursing staff.

Carmela Walker, operations and compliance manager, nursing services, at HICA Group, said: “After a thorough and comprehensive interview process, we’re delighted to welcome seven new members of the team to HICA.

“Our HR team worked closely with Search recruitment, who have local experts in global locations, to find the right calibre of candidates with the relevant skills and experience.

“Although we tried our best to recruit locally in the UK, which remains our key priority, we’re faced with an increasingly challenging nursing shortage alongside a sharp rise in demand for highly skilled professional nursing employees following Brexit, so we need to broaden our options.

“We have recruited internationally before and we still have some of those employees working for us, who have settled well into their local community, which has now become their home.

“International nurse recruitment has been a real benefit, not simply from a staffing perspective, but also in what the new recruits bring to us, sharing their expertise, and their culture.

“It’s great to welcome our new members of staff and we’re excited to be working with them and helping them to develop their skills to become lead nurses and, potentially, future managers.”

The other two nurses will be based at The Wolds Care Centre in Louth, Lincolnshire. The Wolds Care Centre is a 66-bed care home with specialist dementia, nursing and residential care communities.

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