Intellectual disability and mental health services provider, Nua Healthcare, is to create 300 new jobs.

The organisation, which provides residential, supported living, day and community outreach services to children and adults with a range of complex requirements, said the new roles come amid increased demand in the sector.

Nua Healthcare, which already employs more than 1,800 people across its operations nationally, said the jobs will be in a range of care support positions, and are due to be facilitated by the company's 'Educate to Employ' programme.

The initiative provides additional training and education for new employees, especially to those who have not previously worked in the healthcare sector, the organisation said.

Chief Operating Officer for Nua Healthcare Shane Kenny said: "The healthcare industry is incredibly rewarding and our team takes great pride in making true differences to the lives of the people we support.

"We are especially looking for people who may want to change their current career path and who believe they have compatible skills born out of relevant life experience which will ultimately enable them to be successful in healthcare services."