Care Assistant, Caring Homes

£10.00 per hour • permanent

in Cumnor

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Job description

£10.00 hourly

Healthcare Assistant - Oaken Holt Nursing and Residential Home

  • Farmoor, Oxfordshire
  • Work 11 hours and get paid for 12. Your contracted rate of £10.00, becomes £10.80 with your paid breaks on top. *
    • *applies for 12 hours shifts only
  • Welcome Bonus up to £500*
  • Day shift - 8am to 8pm, 8am to 2pm, 2pm to 8pm
  • Full or Part time - 24 - 48 hours a week
  • We regularly Covid test all our residents and staff

ABOUT THE HOME

Oaken Holt Nursing and Residential Home is a Victorian mansion set on the 23-acre Oaken Holt Estate with our sister home Wytham House also on the grounds in Farmoor. Oaken Holt has been updated to meet the latest care standards whilst retaining some charming original features such as oak panelling, painted ceilings and plaster cornices. There are stunning lounges and dining areas, a bistro and hair salon as well as a library. Residents are often popping over to the shops in Witney and Kidlington, or to a local pub for lunch and we've enjoyed mystery tours of Oxford and boat trips on the Thames. Our residents and families enjoy feeling a part of the local community where residents and local people meet at our events including barbecues, cheese and wine evenings and coffee mornings.

We offer fantastic training and development opportunities, each of our care workers work towards their Care Certificate, giving them the confidence to deliver first-class care.

We also undertake a wide range of diverse training, from manual handling to infection control and safeguarding. We have an extensive training team, consisting of regional trainers as well as a network of in-home trainers, able to deliver programmes to colleagues.

In 2015 we launched our own dementia training programme, called ‘My World’. This is accredited by City and Guilds and was awarded the Princess Royal Training Award, every employee is given the opportunity to learn and develop.

ABOUT THE ROLE

An excellent and exciting opportunity to join our Oaken Holt Nursing Home as a Care Assistant! You will work part of a great team and be making a difference to our residents by providing excellent care standards, taking pride in treating our residents as individuals.


As a Care Assistant at Caring Homes, you’ll help residents enjoy each day by making sure they get the quality care and support they deserve. Responsible for supporting our elderly residents with daily living, providing support and companionship, assisting with their physical and personal needs – where every day is different and rewarding!

THE SKILLS YOU'LL NEED

Compassion’s the only qualification you need!

If making people’s lives better is what gets you up in the morning, you should come and join a like-minded team at Oaken Holt. As a Care Assistant here, you can make a real difference to the lives of our residents with reliable, compassionate care.

And we’re not looking for experience or qualifications: we’ll give you all the training you need. Furthermore, we’ll give you all the support you need to develop your career with us and progress into a Senior Care Assistant role.

What we want above all are genuinely kind, sympathetic people, who will really get a thrill from enhancing the happiness and wellbeing of our residents. Whether it’s going out of the way to make them feel comfortable and respected, or just taking an interest in how their grandchildren are doing, you’ll be the kind of person who loves to brighten up our residents’ days.

If that sounds like you, we think you’ll love working at Oaken Holt Nursing Home. We’re part of the Caring Homes, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of residential, nursing and dementia care for the elderly.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS WE CAN OFFER YOU?

Within Caring Homes Group you can expect not just an exceptional and extensive benefits package as listed below, you will also get satisfaction of doing genuinely rewarding work.

  • Paid annual leave 28 days per year (based on hours / pro rata) inclusive of bank holidays
  • Full paid induction programme
  • Excellent on-going training from day one and throughout your career
  • Continuous training, mandatory and specialised
  • Opportunity to acheive City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Care and City & Guilds Level 3 in Adult Care
  • Salary scales and progression with internal promotions available, we are a large organisation!
  • Enhanced pay for working Christmas and Boxing day & Bank Holidays
  • Professional subscriptions reimbursed where essential for role
  • Long service awards
  • Recognition programme
  • Optional company pension scheme, once eligibility criteria met
  • Refer a friend bonus scheme (earn up to £1000)
  • Excellent apprenticeship scheme
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Discounted reloadable cards and high street vouchers
  • e-vouchers, access instant savings on your mobile device
  • Holiday discounts & days out with discounts up to 60%
  • Cinema benefits with discounts up to 40%
  • Employee Assistance Programme, confidential telephone counselling and legal advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year & a Health & Wellbeing portal
  • We are a Wagestream employer, this enables you to keep track of your earnings, have instant access to 40% of wages already earned and access guidance to help with financial wellbeing.
  • Free or subsidised meals*

To Apply

Love your job every day! If you would like a meaningful career making a positive impact on the lives of those who require care and support, then please apply now by clicking the links.

“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age”.

*Dependant on location

*£500 for full time staff, £250 for part time

In order to protect both our staff and our residents, unless there are wholly exceptional reasons (which we will consider on an individual basis), it is a requirement that all new employees have a Covid-19 vaccination prior to commencing with Caring Homes Group, and that they continue to receive Covid-19 vaccinations as required and in accordance with public health guidance throughout their employment with us.

How does the pay compare?

This job
£10.00
Typical range
£8.72–9.63

Care workers and assistants at Caring Homes are typically paid £8.72–9.63 an hour. This job pays £10.00 per hour.

How this job measures up

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do care workers and assistants think Caring Homes head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    92% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Caring Homes pay care workers and assistants enough to live on?

    People are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    80% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Caring Homes pay care workers and assistants market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    88% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Caring Homes pay care workers and assistants sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    100% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do care workers and assistants feel well informed about how Caring Homes is doing?

    People don’t feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    83% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Not great
  • Not easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to book a holiday at Caring Homes?

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    58% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to take sick leave at Caring Homes?

    Most people find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    62% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful for care workers and assistants to work at Caring Homes?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    73% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • No career progression

    Are care workers and assistants given support to progress at Caring Homes?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 71% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    53% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    63% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do care workers and assistants get of their shift pattern at Caring Homes?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 19% report getting one week notice or less
    • 13% report getting two weeks notice
    • 13% report getting three weeks notice
    • 38% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 19% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Managers aren’t respectful

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    55% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants at Caring Homes to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    50% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    60% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    53% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Enough training

    Do care workers and assistants get enough training when they start at Caring Homes?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    71% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Caring Homes managers change care workers and assistants shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    67% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    50% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Excellent
  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do care workers and assistants at Caring Homes worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    75% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

What employees are saying about Caring Homes

  • Best thing

    Our residents are like family to us and do our best to meet all their basic care. Is a nice looking environment

    Worst thing

    Lack of staff Need trainers mental health staff/carers in specialise MH unit
    I wouldn't recommend putting a relative in to my home at present owind to staff ratios- care inspectorate need to address/increase staff ratios as private companies run on bare minimum can get away with

    4.0

    Staff nurse, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Most of the staff are very friendly and work well and the well-being of the residents always comes first

    Worst thing

    The management often let you diwn

    6.0

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Working with residents

    Worst thing

    Poor staffing and poor management.

    4.2

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Working on my ownuu

    Worst thing

    under pressure sometimes

    4.6

    Employee, July 2021