Torbay care workers set for bumper pay rise

Torbay Weekly

Carers and nurses at a Torbay care home have been given a pay rise as a thank you for their exceptional work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carers at Primely Court, Paignton, will now receive between £9.85 and £14.60 per hour - with trained nurses earning between £19.50 and £21.50 per hour.

The pay rise is believed to make their pay scales one of the highest for care homes in the area.

The award-winning home now plans to undertake a mass recruitment drive, hiring across a range of roles with best-in-class training and opportunities to progress into senior management positions.

Michelle Lomax, who's worked at Primley Court for eight years, said: "I love what I do - I feel part of a family and work with a good team.

"I feel appreciated by the home after my promotion to dementia carer and although additional pay will not change my lifestyle, it's always feels good to have more money and feel valued in your role."

Optima Care Partnership, which runs Primley Court, recently introduced dementia lead roles to allow existing staff to gain further promotions and also enable highly-skilled recruitment.

The partnership plans to continue their heavy investment in all their care homes over the coming years.

Oli Bliss, managing director at Optima Care Partnership, said: “I am very happy that we are able to increase the staff wages to this level, they thoroughly deserve it, it has been a difficult couple of years.

"This will now enable us to recruit more staff into our experienced team.”

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