Care home to bring more jobs

An artist's impression of the new specialist care home PJ Care hope to build in Bretton, Peterborough.

An artist's impression of the new specialist care home PJ Care hope to build in Bretton, Peterborough.

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MULTI-MILLION pound plans to build a specialist care home will bring another jobs boost to the city - bringing the total of new jobs announced this week to 2,000.

Leading care provider PJ Care has chosen Peterborough for its new 107-bed home which could create up to 180 new jobs in a range of different fields.

PJ Care is hoping to build the £12 million home, which would provide specialist care for people aged 18 to 65 with physical illnesses and disabilities, on the Oak Tree site, off Bretton Way, in Bretton.

The news comes hot on the heels of several announcements this week by major firms, promising to bring thousands of jobs to Peterborough in the coming months.

The company says the home, which would be one of only three in the country, will consist of four independent units along with a therapy centre including a physiotherapy gym, a hydrotherapy pool and a coffee shop.

Their plans also include a training centre, offering training in health and social care to local businesses and individuals, as well as to staff at the home.

Operations manager at PJ Care Neil Russell said: “It’s an exciting project. Peterborough’s a booming city and it’s got a lot of potential for us as a care provider. We looked all over the country before deciding on the city, which came out on top of places like Manchester and Bristol.

“We aim to get the plans submitted in June and we are hoping to get on site towards the end of the year. Easter 2012 is our aim for an opening date.”

Among the jobs to be created at the home include around 80 registered nurses, cleaners, housekeepers and duty managers.

Council cabinet member for regional and business engagement Cllr Gavin Elsey, who helped to bring PJ Care to the city, said the raft of new jobs proved Peterborough is open for business.

He said: “PJ Care deciding to come to the city is a real boost. As a council, we welcome people who want to come to Peterborough and create new jobs.

“All in all it’s been a fantastic week for job creation in Peterborough and long may it continue.

“It’s indicative of the approach that the council, the Chamber of Commerce and everybody else has been doing behind the scenes.”

Opportunity Peterborough (OP) also played a major role in persuading the care provider to the settle in Peterborough.

OP chief executive Steve Compton said: “It has been a positive week in terms of attracting new jobs and investment to the city.

“Over the last 12 months there has been a lot of hard work to promote the city and its opportunities for investment. Despite uncertain economic conditions, Peterborough is still able to attract successful and thriving businesses to the area.”

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “This is proof that good things can and do happen in Peterborough. News of these jobs is good news for Peterborians.”

n A public consultation event will be held at The Cresset, in Rightwell, Bretton, on May 25 from 5pm to 8pm.