South coast based care home provider, Encore Care Homes, is seeking 500 recruits after partnering with the NHS on the temporary care of non-COVID patients.
The Dorset and Hampshire care home operator has formed a not for profit recruitment agency, called Care Club, to offer a range of roles, including: Registered Nurses, Care Practitioners, Senior Healthcare Assistants (Senior HCAs), and Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), based in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Care Club members will ensure the delivery of personalised continuity of care to the residents. People who are looking for a change of career and are new to care are also encouraged to sign up. They will be provided with an induction and full training, a ‘Buddy’ to work alongside as they get to know the role and ongoing training support.
Benefits for Care Club members include high rates of pay, a cash bonus for every full shift worked and the flexibility of choosing the care home they wish to work at, as well as their hours. Care Club members will also be included in the rollout of vaccines across Encore Care Homes, which includes Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, Oakdale in Poole, Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Hamble Heights in Southampton.
Strict COVID-19 protocols are in place at Encore with all incoming residents being tested before they arrive at the care home. The new resident also undergoes a period of self-isolation, with the team’s support. All care home residents are tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis, with staff accessing twice-weekly Lateral Flow rapid testing which provides results in 30 minutes.
Tony Spotswood, Chairman of Encore Care Homes, who previously served as CEO of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, said: “Our staff are enthused by the launch of Care Club, which aims to rapidly expand the team to meet demand; ensuring we safely welcome a large number of older Dorset residents for short-term specialist care.
“I feel great pride in the teams at our care homes who have continued to deliver the highest standards of care to our residents during this collective fight against COVID-19. Furthermore, I am heartened that Encore can assist in the battle by helping local hospitals to manage the current crisis.”
Applications are now open for all roles across Dorset at Encore Care Homes. For more information and to sign up to Care Club, go to Careclub.encorecarehomes.co.uk