A Career in Care

Are you thinking about a job in care?

You’d be surprised how naturally qualified you might be for a job in care – because being a great carer is all about your personal qualities, such as empathy, respect, patience and kindness.

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If this sounds like the kind of person you are, and you’d like to make a real difference to people’s lives, here are some options to get your career in social care started;

  1. There is a national recruitment site which is free for you to register to become a care worker and help change lives https://joinsocialcare.co.uk/
  2. Kent Care Professionals - Register your details on this site for people looking for care work in Kent & Medway. The site is for experienced and non-care experience workers. Register at; Care Jobs In Kent | Find Your Care Career | Register Interest (kentcareprofessionals.co.uk)

3. Apply for adult social care roles at Kent County Council (KCC). Working in KCC’s adult social services team, you will enjoy an attractive benefits package and training opportunities to help you achieve your potential.  KCC invests in adult social care employees to give them the right skills and experience to provide a first class service to the people of Kent. View vacancies here

4. Contact us and ask about starting a career in care and we can offer you specific advice KentRegisteredManager@kent.gov.uk

Have You Thought About an Apprenticeship in Social Care?

There are a variety of apprenticeship opportunities within the care sector, including many which are not care specific such as administration, hospitality, maintenance, catering etc.

If you want to Be an Apprentice, Hire an Apprentice or Support an Apprentice then check out the Kent County Council Apprentice web-page to find out how to proceed and read some case studies.

View Case Studies - This short video by Skills for care highlights the role of four apprentices in social care. Hear from Hayley, Tom, Rebecca and Jamie here

CARE PROVIDERS - Would you like to know more about hiring an apprentice?

Here are three informative webinars in partnership with Skills for Care

You can also view a webinar on the benefits to your organisation in offering placements to support your recruitment & retention plans

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Nursing Providers - Do You Know About the New Nursing Associate Role?

A nursing associate (NA) is a new member of the nursing family who provides care for people in health and social care settings. It has been created to bridge the skills gap between care assistants and registered nurses. Once qualifed, a level 5 NA will be registered on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register and can remain in the NA role or continue training to become a fully qualified nurse. This role is only being used and regulated in England and the training is fully funded via the apprenticeship levy with additional HEE funding for organisations to support their TNA in the workplace.

A number of Nursing Homes in Kent have already taken up this opportunity and to date we have nearly 20 care workers currently on the NA program which is delivered by Canterbury Christchurch University.

You can find out more about the NA role and view short video clips here If you have any questions or wish to register interest for any of your care workers to be part of the next cohort please contact Mark.deveson@kent.gov.uk

Additional funding confirmed trainee NAs 23-24 here

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Made With Care -National Recruitment Campaign

The Dept. of Health national adult social care recruitment campaign, ‘Made with Care’, was re-launched earlier this year and is free to support care providers in recruiting the dedicated staff they need.

Although the TV and media campaign is now over the site is still live to advertise your vacancies

More information for managers, including access to free posters and social media assets here

Further information for job seekers here and case studies here

 To highlight the value of taking part, please watch this case study video featuring Sanjay Dhrona, MD of the Close Care Home here


How can this support you?

  1. Advertise your vacancies on the DWP ‘Find a Job site free of charge.
  2. Make the most of this campaign by running your own recruitment activity, using the expert advice and templates available on the campaign resource centre 
  3. Stay updated with campaign activity by signing up to this newsletter and follow the campaign Facebook page
  4.   Watch the social care recruitment advert          

Supporting You with Recruitment

Do You Know KCC has funded Care Friends licences for all Kent care providers?

View this flyer including a link to a 5 min demo and see how to apply for your licences.

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