A NEW training suite for care professionals between York and Selby has been opened by a local MP.

Riccall Carers operate a homecare agency which provides support workers across the area, and the courses at their training facility are now being offered to other professional care staff.

Owners Gill and Tony Conroy welcomed Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams and representatives from the care and training sectors to view their facilities in Escrick and find out more about the courses. The business now boasts four care homes, more than 200 domiciliary carers and a day centre for the elderly in Strensall.

Geri Walker, the firm’s training and improvements manager, said: “Projected figures show the UK will require an additional 1.25 million care workers by 2025 and there is concern there may be a significant shortfall, so we are putting effort into recruitment and training now.”

Mr Adams praised Riccall Carers for their “vision, passion and continued efforts to boost the profile of the profession”.