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Colten Care

Care Assistant, Colten Care

contract • full-time

in Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9AX

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Job description

It’s more than a possibility Care Assistant - Up To £500 Welcome Bonus Based at Amberwood House, our 'Outstanding' rated home in the heart of Ferndown. 24, 36 or 42 hours per week, days and or nights, including alternate weekends . Days: Up to £11.82 per hour Nights: Up to £12.57 per hour It isn’t what you do that makes you special, it’s the way you do it. There is nothing better than seeing someone smile and knowing it's because of you. We are looking for people with a passion and motivation to join the care sector, with or without experience as we will provide first class training from day one. You will take pride in sharing our deeply rooted passion for high quality care, having the ability to make a positive difference to our residents’ day, every day. Compassionate in your approach, with a sense of fun, you will provide individual resident care, which has a direct influence on their health and wellbeing, whist building long lasting relationships. You really do become part of the family. For those aspiring to a long-term career in care, we will support your professional development and help open career opportunities along the way. There’s a real possibility we can help you become a nurse with no cost to you if that’s your dream. The health and well-being of our residents is at the heart of all we do, and you will be at the forefront helping them to lead a fun and fulfilling life. Our residents have amazing life stories, and they can’t wait to share them with you. What you’ll have: Enthusiasm for what you do Can do attitude A team player with a sense of fun Genuine passion for care Attention to detail What you’ll get Up to £500 Welcome Bonus (terms apply) Paid breaks Additional hours / overtime opportunities available to suit your circumstances Support with professional development with diploma qualifications in Health & Social Care and a Trainee Nurse Associate programme Training to the nationally recognised ‘care certificate’ standard Friendly team and great support network of internal professionals Staff recommendation reward scheme Choice of hot or cold meals and drinks on duty Free uniforms Contributory pension scheme Background checks at no cost to you About Us Colten Care is an expanding family-owned business with 21 beautifully appointed nursing homes across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex. We have 7 homes rated as ‘Outstanding’ with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we provide luxury residential, general nursing, dementia and short-stay care. We are a prestigious, award-winning healthcare provider that champions the latest approach to person-centred care. Each of our homes has a distinct character while retaining that all-important sense of ‘home.’

It’s more than a possibility

Care Assistant - Up To £500 Welcome Bonus

Based at Amberwood House, our 'Outstanding' rated home in the heart of Ferndown.

24, 36 or 42 hours per week, days and or nights, including alternate weekends.

Days: Up to £11.82 per hour

Nights: Up to £12.57 per hour

It isn’t what you do that makes you special, it’s the way you do it.

There is nothing better than seeing someone smile and knowing it's because of you.

We are looking for people with a passion and motivation to join the care sector, with or without experience as we will provide first class training from day one.

You will take pride in sharing our deeply rooted passion for high quality care, having the ability to make a positive difference to our residents’ day, every day.

Compassionate in your approach, with a sense of fun, you will provide individual resident care, which has a direct influence on their health and wellbeing, whist building long lasting relationships. You really do become part of the family.

For those aspiring to a long-term career in care, we will support your professional development and help open career opportunities along the way. There’s a real possibility we can help you become a nurse with no cost to you if that’s your dream.

The health and well-being of our residents is at the heart of all we do, and you will be at the forefront helping them to lead a fun and fulfilling life.

Our residents have amazing life stories, and they can’t wait to share them with you.

What you’ll have:

  • Enthusiasm for what you do
  • Can do attitude
  • A team player with a sense of fun
  • Genuine passion for care
  • Attention to detail

What you’ll get

  • Up to £500 Welcome Bonus (terms apply)
  • Paid breaks
  • Additional hours / overtime opportunities available to suit your circumstances
  • Support with professional development with diploma qualifications in Health & Social Care and a Trainee Nurse Associate programme
  • Training to the nationally recognised ‘care certificate’ standard
  • Friendly team and great support network of internal professionals
  • Staff recommendation reward scheme
  • Choice of hot or cold meals and drinks on duty
  • Free uniforms
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Background checks at no cost to you

About Us

Colten Care is an expanding family-owned business with 21 beautifully appointed nursing homes across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and West Sussex.

We have 7 homes rated as ‘Outstanding’ with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we provide luxury residential, general nursing, dementia and short-stay care.

We are a prestigious, award-winning healthcare provider that champions the latest approach to person-centred care. Each of our homes has a distinct character while retaining that all-important sense of ‘home.’

How this job measures up

Care workers and assistants at Colten Care are typically paid £8.65–9.56 an hour.

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  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to take sick leave at Colten Care?

    People find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    100% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do care workers and assistants think Colten Care 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

    100% 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 5 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 paid below market rates

    Does Colten Care pay care workers and assistants market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    100% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 7 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 recommend their team

    Do care workers and assistants at Colten Care recommend working with their team?

    Very few people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    86% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Colten Care 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 7 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.

Not great
  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful for care workers and assistants to work at Colten Care?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    71% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Colten Care pay care workers and assistants enough to live on?

    Most people are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    71% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • No career progression

    Are care workers and assistants given support to progress at Colten Care?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 67% 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 6 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do care workers and assistants get of their shift pattern at Colten Care?

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

    How we know this

    • 14% report getting one week notice or less
    • 29% report getting two weeks notice
    • 14% report getting three weeks notice
    • 29% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 14% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 7 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 Colten Care feel treated by respect by their managers?

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

    How we know this

    60% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 5 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 book holiday

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to book a holiday at Colten Care?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    50% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 6 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.

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do care workers and assistants at Colten Care get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    71% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Colten Care 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 6 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.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do care workers and assistants at Colten Care get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    71% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 7 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.

Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do care workers and assistants get enough training when they start at Colten Care?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    86% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do care workers and assistants at Colten Care get paid breaks?

    Yes. People get paid breaks

    How we know this

    100% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 7 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 Colten Care do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 7 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do care workers and assistants at Colten Care worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    100% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 7 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 Colten Care

  • Best thing

    Just knowing that i help the resident

    Worst thing

    Not good communication and you don't get praised.

    5.2

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    It’s hard work but rewarding

    Worst thing

    12 hour shifts

    7.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Working on a late shift and being left alone to get on with things once supervisor has left

    Worst thing

    Pressure at times and complaints your made to feel as though its your fault

    5.2

    Laundry assistant, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Every carer is really friendly like family

    Worst thing

    Directors do not appreciate the work their employees do

    6.3

    Senior carer, February 2021