If you have the qualities, we have the jobs!

Nottingham City Council is joining forces with homecare providers across the city to help recruit homecare workers to support vulnerable residents in our communities.

Local homecare providers have open positions in homecare available now so Nottingham City Council is putting out a rallying call to help them in their search for the right people.

The recruitment drive is essential to the city’s efforts to support people in their own homes during these difficult times – especially those who are elderly and vulnerable. There is also a growing need to support people who are isolated due to coronavirus or who have recently returned home from hospital.

Cllr Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Adults at Nottingham City Council, said: “As a City Council we have a duty to help and support residents in our communities who need help in their homes carrying out some practical and everyday tasks.

“This often involves helping to recruit the right people into those valuable homecare roles for other local providers which have positions available.

“We are calling on people who may have had a career break due to family caring duties, may have worked in care previously or are looking for flexible employment during a time when many businesses are forced to close or reduce hours.

“You don’t need qualifications or past experience for these roles – you just need to have certain qualities to be able to provide quality care. These can include a caring nature, compassion, patience, respect and being dedicated to helping to improve the lives of others who perhaps don’t have a local support network to help.”

For all jobs roles recruited to:

– You will be fully paid

-You will be trained – no previous experience is necessary, just a desire to care for others

-Your DBS check will be paid for

-We will support your application; interviews will be carried out by phone

-You will be designated ‘key worker’ status

– You will be provided with full PPE

To find out more about care worker roles at local providers please visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/careworkers or https://www.nottinghamjobs.com/care-worker-ncc-20 or call Nottingham Jobs on 0115 876 4508.

Cllr Williams added: “If you are looking for work that is flexible and fits around social or family commitments I would urge you to get in touch and find out more about these roles.

“Homecare work can be truly rewarding – not only for those helping but for those people receiving the help.”

Case study: Homecare worker Deborah Haxby

Deborah Haxby is a homecare worker with Meridian Health and Social Care.

“I first started out in homecare in 2013. I started as a care and support worker visiting citizens in their own homes supporting with things like personal care, medication, food preparation and cleaning, laundry and shopping.

“I then moved on to be a care co coordinator/assessor where I was sorting out rotas, complaints and compliments as well as visiting people in their homes and setting up their care packages and going through risk assessments.

“I then went to work for the re-enablement team which aims to get citizens to be as independent as we can and if they need ongoing care to refer them to care companies within Nottingham.

“I now work for Meridian as a scheme senior in their extra care settings, I am responsible for managing my team and ensuring they are all providing safe and effective care, I’m on my seventh week and I’m really enjoying my job.

“I decided to work in homecare as it was always an ambition of mine. I think to work in home care you need to be caring, kind, patient, and understanding – and be able to manage time and tasks well. I think most people have these skills, it’s just about finding a way to put them to use. I think when we go into a citizen’s home we need to build a trust and a rapport up, as it’s a big thing letting strangers into your home. But once they are used to it, I think they feel a sense of security that someone is there to help them with their day to day needs and they are always very appreciative of any help they receive.

“My advice to anyone thinking of applying to work in homecare is just to try it, most people think of homecare as a difficult job too, but as much as it can be hard work, it is very rewarding!”

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