STAFF from Cygnet Hospital Taunton will be talking about how local jobseekers can make a positive difference to the lives of people with severe and enduring mental illness during an open day tomorrow (Friday, February 18) to recruit health workers.

The hospital in Orchard Portman provides care for adults of working age and older adults with mental health needs and for men diagnosed with a learning disability, and is recruiting support workers to join their team.

Rowan Marriott, head of resourcing at Cygnet Health Care, said: “The recruitment challenge facing the health care sector has been well documented recently.

"Increased demand for specialist services like ours means it is crucial to recruit talented and compassionate individuals to help reduce the current pressure on the sector.

“Previous experience is not essential, but it is important that applicants have a passion for delivering outstanding care and helping others.

"Many of our most dedicated staff members started out as support workers and they will be on hand to share their experiences at the open day for people interested in a career in care.”

Incentives for new staff include discounts from big brands like Nike, Boots, H&M, Primark, Boohoo, Argos, IKEA,

Cygnet also offers discounted gym membership, free meals onsite, a group pension scheme and a health cash plan to help with costs including eye tests, prescription glasses and contact lenses, dental check-ups and hygienist fees, chiropractic and physiotherapy sessions and prescription charges.

The Open Day is taking place at Taunton Town Football Club's Cygnet Healthcare Stadium, in Wordsworth Drive, Taunton tomorrow (Friday) from 10am to 4pm.