Are you interested in a career in care?

Herts Good Care Recruitment is a partnership set up between Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA) and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) to help match candidates  with the perfect role for them within the Hertfordshire care sector.

HCPA works closely with over 500 adult care providers across Hertfordshire to help advertise the job roles they have available across a variety of services at all career levels.

Would you like to make a difference?

If you’re a caring person and are looking for a rewarding job that makes a real difference to vulnerable adults then you would be perfect for the care sector.

Working within the care sector requires passionate and enthusiastic people, and these are the qualities that employers want to see, so if this sounds like you then we want to hear from you!

Working in the care sector means you can:

  • Learn new skills and gain qualifications
  • Work without previous experience in the sector
  • Progress your career – move into training, office management, or become a team leader
  • Be involved in the Good Care campaign and help remove the negative stigma around care

We can support you throughout the recruitment process:

  • We’ll set up an initial telephone call  with you to understand your requirements
  • We’ll create a CV for you that is tailored to the care sector
  • You’ll be matched to the right job roles for you
  • We’ll help you prepare you for interviews
  • We’ll arrange interviews on your behalf
  • We focus on your values and not just experience or qualifications

Ready to take the next step?

Getting started is easy! Just click the links to the left to register your interest or search for your next role.

Get qualified

You can complete your Level 2 to Level 5 Health and Social Care qualifications on-the-job, either as an apprentice or while progressing within your role

“I started as a Kitchen Assistant but I am now Team Leader having gained my Level 2 and Level 3 Health and Social Care qualifications through my employer, as well as completing full Medication training and Fire Marshal training

Sharon | Team Leader | Kings Langley

It’s rewarding

You can make a positive difference to peoples’ lives every day. No matter the care setting, each service user needs your dedicated support and your role plays a huge part in their health and wellbeing, so at the end of each day you can be sure your time has been well spent.

“The feeling the service users get when they receive great care and support from our Care Assistants, and the feeling our Care Assistants get when they know their customers are happy is indescribable. It really is so rewarding, and as a sector we need to show the positive side of working in care more.”

Ushma | Home Care Director | Hertford

It’s flexible

There are various shift patterns available and you can find the right hours or contract to suit your lifestyle.

‘The flexibility around my family is one of the reasons I have stayed in adult social care. I have six children and homecare is more flexible if you have a family. I love my role. You’re not just a carer, you’re a counsellor, hairdresser and make-up artist…’

Emma, Care Assistant, Welwyn Garden City

Every day is different

Each service user is different and will have unique needs, so you can be confident that each day will bring new opportunities to learn and develop new skills.

“The professional friendships I build with my clients, and meeting new clients makes every day different. Sometimes you don’t know what you may walk into and this brings its challenges but also its rewards. My clients are just people, and I treat them like anyone else I interact with in my life… with dignity and respect.”

Sandra, Senior Care Assistant, Letchworth

Career progression

The Care Sector offers a range of career progression opportunities, giving you a real chance to grow and develop your role, experience, and qualifications. To find out more please click on the career progression tab above.

“I started as a Care Assistant five years ago and completed my Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification. I’ve attended many training courses since then and have been on Manager training, and I am now a Registered Care Manager completing my NVQ Level 5 through my employer.”

Georgina, Registered Care Manager, Hertford

With an ageing population, the challenges and requirements of adult social care are continually evolving, so it’s essential that care providers develop their services to meet the changing needs of service users. As a result, a career in the care sector means you’ll have plenty of new and challenging career opportunities available to you.

There are clear routes you can follow to progress your career in the adult care sector, and below are some of the paths you can follow, once you’ve identified your particular strengths and interests, all starting from an entry-level Care Assistant or Support Worker position.

Are you interested in progressing by having a hands-on care role?

If you start as a Care Assistant or Support Worker you will receive plenty of on-the-job training and development. Speak to your manager if there is a particular interest or role you would like to work towards and they will be able to offer the training opportunities necessary to help you reach your goal.

For instance, with the right training, you could progress to Senior Care Assistant, and then Team Leader, before reaching a Supervisor role. You may then want to take on managerial training as your knowledge and experience improves so you can progress to a Deputy Manager or Registered Care Manager position.

Are you passionate about raising the quality of your team?

If you start as a Care Assistant and complete your mandatory training and Health and Social Care qualifications, and you have a keen interest in helping colleagues and peers to improve their knowledge and practice, then you could train to be a Trainer.

HCPA offers Champion Pathways and Education for Trainers, designed to ensure you become the expert on a particular subject matter, such as; Dementia, Wound Management or Falls Prevention. This training helps you improve the quality of care within your organisation as, once the training is complete, you would be qualified to mentor and train the rest of your team in your chosen subject area.

Are you organised and efficient?

As an experienced Care Assistant or Support Worker you may have an opportunity to move across into an Administrative, Care Coordinator or other office-based role.

All care organisations need a dedicated team of office-based staff who work hard to ensure everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible for the frontline workforce and service users. If you are great at solving problems and love being organised and efficient then this type of role could be perfect for you.

Are you interested in becoming a Nurse?

Working as a Care Assistant in a Nursing Home is a great way to gain valuable experience to help strengthen your University applications for Nursing degrees. This role will give you the chance to earn money as you gain experience of caring for others in a professional setting. You will also have the chance to work closely with registered Nurses who can give you valuable advice and support.

Are you interested in raising the quality of care?

Developing your career in the care sector could also provide you with the opportunity to progress to working for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of Health and Social Care in the UK. This would give you the chance to review and feedback on the level of care provided across the UK and to make recommendations for improvements where needed. This makes it easier for members of the public to choose the right care provider for them and also helps care providers to continually improve the service they provide to their clients, helping to raise the quality of care across the county.

Are you interested in working in the rewarding Adult Health and Social Care sector but not in a hands-on care role?

Residential care settings require a variety of other positions to help maintain their overall service:

  • Are you a qualified Chef, passionate about creating good quality and nutritious meals for residents?
  • Are you a Cleaner that would like to fulfill housekeeping duties within a residential care setting?
  • Are you a handyperson that would like to help keep on top of the maintenance of a care home?

 

These are all options available within the care sector, and all you need to do is identify your passion and strengths to take advantage of the fantastic training available to you within your role before taking the next step.

Ready to take the next step?

Getting started is easy! Just click the links to the left to register your interest or search for your next role.