Encore Care Homes is encouraging nurses and care staff to sign up to a new not-for-profit care agency.
Mike Lyons, Managing Director, and Lindsay Rees, Director of Health and Care for Encore Care Homes, which has four purpose-built care homes based across Dorset and Hampshire, are looking to welcome 500 Dorset residents to sign up to Care Club. The not-for-profit care agency has been created in response to Encore Care Homes’ partnership with the NHS to temporarily welcome in extra non-Covid residents at short notice to reduce the pressure on hospital staff as coronavirus patient numbers rise.
Strict Covid-19 protocols are in place at Encore with all incoming residents being tested for Covid-19 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.
Mike Lyons, managing director, said: “We have had a fantastic response to Care Club since its launch, but we are still welcoming applications from caring, committed people looking to become a member of our new care agency. It’s a great opportunity for Dorset residents to use their existing care skills to play their part in reducing the pressure on NHS staff by supporting our new non-Covid residents coming in from the local hospitals.”
People with care experience are invited to become a member of the club, which features a range of roles including Registered Nurses, Care Practitioners, Senior Healthcare Assistants (Senior HCAs), and Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), based in Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch.
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 Fareham.
Lindsay Rees, Director of Health and Care for Encore Care Homes, said: “I have a great sense of pride for everyone working in our care homes, and I am so grateful for their hard work and dedication at this challenging time. The Care Club is a great way of creating an opportunity for our existing team and the new staff joining us to work flexibly and feel valued for their tremendous efforts in response to the dynamic situation the coronavirus pandemic presents us with.”
People who are looking for a change of career and are new to care are also encouraged to sign up to Care Club. 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.
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