Belfast Telegraph

Crossgar company creating 40 posts due to expansion

By John Mulgrew

A healthcare company is creating 40 new jobs as part of its latest expansion in Northern Ireland.

Trackars Healthcare is adding the new posts in Downpatrick, Co Down.

The company is headquartered in Crossgar and is now opening a new office in Downpatrick. It also has offices in Fintona, Co Tyrone, and Belfast.

The company currently employs 250 members of staff, made up of 150 full-time and 100 part-time roles.

Trackars was founded in 2006 by nurse Patricia Casement, and provides nursing and healthcare services throughout Northern Ireland.

Some of its customers include health trusts across the province. The company says it hopes to add 24 full-time jobs and 16 part-time posts at the Downpatrick office as part of its expansion.

The roles will include care co-ordinators and nursing roles.

The firm's managing director, Patricia Casement, said: "Trackars has grown its services over the past 10 years from an individual providing healthcare staffing solutions to a team of over 250 employees offering homecare and specialised nursing services to both private and public sector clients throughout Northern Ireland.

"It's a very exciting time for all of the team at Trackars. This year we are celebrating 10 years of providing healthcare solutions in Northern Ireland and this investment in expanding and rebranding of Trackars will propel us into a new phase of the business."

And Margaret Ritchie, SDLP MP for South Down, said: "There is a huge demand for at home nursing care in the South Down area, with the majority of care seekers now expressing a preference for independent living and support in their own homes.

"I am thrilled that Trackars, a local company and the leading care providers for people who wish to receive care at home, are expanding into South Down."

Earlier this year, care home support firm Mears Care Northern Ireland revealed it was creating 80 new jobs here. It's recruiting across the Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust areas for positions split between Belfast, Lisburn and South Down.

Mears Care, which employs 335 people here, is hiring 48 permanent care workers and 12 staff for its apprenticeship programme. A further 20 will be taken on under the Government's Bridge to Employment scheme.

The company added that it supported people of all ages, as well as people suffering from complex conditions such as dementia or a learning disability.

The firm will provide the new staff with induction training, and no formal qualifications are required to apply.

Its current Northern Ireland services are provided on contract to Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trusts, and also on a private basis.

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