Work for Care UK
Introduction to Care UK
Care UK has delivered award-winning, high quality care for older people for over 30 years and we are proud to be one of the leading providers of care homes in the country.
We have over 120 homes from Scotland to Dorset. Each one is run by caring and compassionate team members who take great pride in making a positive difference to the lives of 7000 older people.
Compare us to similar providers and you’ll see we have the highest percentage of homes rated good or excellent. What’s more we are continuing to invest and expand – we have opened 31 new homes in the past five years and in 2019 and 2020, another 14 new homes will join the Care UK family.
Our passion is to enable residents to continue living active and fulfilling lives in supportive, safe and comfortable surroundings.
This passion for great care and the fact that we are building more new care homes than any other provider means that we offer a great place for people to have a rewarding career with us and we have plenty of opportunities for flexible working and training.
Why we’re working with Rest Less
Care UK are working with Rest Less because we recognise how people with a broad range of skills and years of life experience, can often feel a desire to give something back to their local community.
As a result, they can gain a lot from a care role that will keep them active, meeting new people and feeling valued.
Care UK is committed to recruiting new team members of all ages and are passionate about finding new colleagues with the right values, to ensure our residents lead fulfilling lives whilst we provide a fulfilling career.
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Wakako’s story (Care Assistant)
When Wakako takes Val to have her hair done, it helps Val remember her younger days. Wakako joined us as a care assistant two years ago. Now she is looking forward to the opportunity to fast-track to qualified care practitioner.
Variety and freedom
Wakako loves the variety of the work, the training and the career prospects at Care UK. There are plenty of challenges in her role, but she feels she gets a lot of freedom to do her job. So she can use her initiative, build close relationships with residents like Val and make a real difference to their well-being. She feels empowered to carry out her role to the best of her ability.
A supportive, team environment
Wakako is part of a friendly, close-knit team at her care home. She works alongside other carers, nurses, chefs and the home manager – there’s a real family feel. Everyone pulls together to get things done, making sure that residents’ needs always come first. When she started as a care assistant, senior colleagues gave her lots of support, showing her how things work and generally being there when she needed them.
Looking to her future
Helping our team members progress in their careers is really important to us. We firmly believe that when our people are fulfilled in their roles, they do a much better job. That’s why we support carers like Wakako with training and courses, to progress in their careers. Like many of our carers and nurses, Wakako is naturally compassionate. We think our approach brings out the best in her.
John’s story (Lifestyle/Activities Coordinator)
Little things make a big difference
Last year, our residents and team members got together to take part in their own Great British Bake Off. John, our activities co-ordinator, loved the way it brought everyone together. He gets huge satisfaction from seeing them involved and stimulated – while developing his own skills and career in the care sector.
A close-knit, family feel
John’s a really caring person who puts on lots of fun activities for the residents. The bake-off is a real favourite. He enjoys the close-knit family feel of the home and the way the team all pull together to make sure residents have a good time. He values the freedom he’s given to do things his way – as it really lets him address each resident’s needs.
A worthwhile role
As activities co-ordinator, John sees how important it is for residents to get together. He knows that, especially for older, frail people, activities can improve their well-being, increase their appetite and make them feel less isolated. Whether it’s leading a sing-song, making cakes or doing a yoga class, John knows his role’s making a big difference to their lives.
Building his future
Since joining The Potteries care team in 2013, John’s really thriving. In the future, he could gain more qualifications as an activities co-ordinator or he could choose to move into another area – such as management. John’s got lots of interesting options. Whichever path he chooses, we’ll support him and offer him the training he needs.
Graham’s Story (Maintenance)
Little things make a big difference
When Tom moved into our home, it was Graham, one of our maintenance team members, who thought we should get him a greenhouse. Tom used to be a professional gardener – so tending plants makes him feel at home. Team members like Graham play a big role in helping residents with dementia live more fulfilling lives. When Tom gave Graham a seedling he’d grown in his greenhouse to say thank you,it made it all worthwhile.
Graham’s change of career
After a long career working in facilities management, Graham wanted a change of direction and to take on a new challenge. Feeling as though life had always treated him well, he wanted to give something back. Although he had no formal care qualifications, Graham’s practical skills and caring nature made him a great fitfor our home support team.
Freedom in his role
Graham really enjoys being part of the care home support team. Every day is different. We give him the freedom to spend time getting to know residents like Tom and finding out what interests them. Their shared interest in gardening and growing has brought them closer together – and it makes life more fulfilling for both of them. Graham really feels like he’s making a difference.
Supporting people like Graham
Graham’s decision to start a new career was a bold step. It was natural for him to feel a bit apprehensive about it. As it turns out, he’s thriving. He’s now a valued member of our friendly, supportive care home team working alongside like-minded people. And we continue to support his career with tailored training and opportunities.
Example roles at Care UK
You’re a compassionate, can-do person with experience supporting older people. You’re good at using your initiative and working well under pressure. To you, it’s more than just a job.
Help our residents maintain active and independent lives through the creation and delivery of individualised activity plans based on their interests, abilities and life experience.
You’re a caring, can-do person with experience working in building maintenance. Ideally, some of that has been gained in a care home setting. As well as being very practical, you like dealing with people.
Care UK is committed to ensuring that it employs people with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and will assess every applicant fairly regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependents, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from working with us, it will depend on the nature of the role and background of any offence.
Care UK brand values
From consultants to care workers, sonographers to psychologists, our people are bringing our values to life to help us achieve our aims.
Care UK’s ability to fulfil lives helps us to stand out as the strongest, most trusted provider of health and social care. Each of us is committed to the highest standards of quality and best practice, to meeting and exceeding our compliance to all standards across the healthcare sector. We recognise that to fulfil lives on the outside we also need to focus on how we work together on the inside. To do this we have created a set of values and behaviours – these have set us a target and a means of measuring our progress.
Our values are:
- Patients are at the heart of everything we do
- Every one of us makes a difference
- Together we make things better
Our mission is ‘fulfilling lives’, and each of us works to achieve this every day.