Join the Bluebird Care Lewisham & Southwark team
Working for Bluebird Care Lewisham & Southwark means you will be part of the UK's leading provider of private Homecare and Live in Care at Home. We are passionate about attracting, training and retaining the very best talent, as we believe that our staff are the most important ingredient in providing the level of Care and customer service for which we have become renowned.
First-class training and support
We support our customers with their basic care needs, things that you might easily help a relative, friend or neighbour with, typically: personal care and hygiene, food prep, medication, shopping, housework and social support.
We do not undertake any nursing activities and stop short of anything that could be described as a medical intervention: we don’t dress wounds, administer injections, record vital signs or make any diagnoses, though we do work closely with our local District Nurses and Community GPs.
To ensure our carers are equipped for this, we provide comprehensive induction and on-going training to all new members of staff, regardless of experience. Since April 2015, Bluebird Care Lewisham & Southwark has been training to the Care Certificate, a set of rigorous standards designed to give purchasers of Care services the confidence that their care assistant has the minimum set of skills, degree of knowledge and proven competencies to be able to provide compassionate, safe and high quality Care.
After induction, new recruits shadow experienced care assistants for several hours before working unsupervised. They also have a weekly supervision meeting with a designated Supervisor for the duration of their 12-week probationary period, switching to monthly thereafter. This is a 2-way conversation designed to offer the care assistant the opportunity to ask any questions, raise any concerns and bed in all the learning from induction.
I love my customers and I can choose my own hours, which leaves plenty of time to spend with the grandchildren and walking the dogs.
All care assistants outside their probationary period are supervised monthly and rostered for refresher training on an annual basis, or more frequently where the regulation requires (e.g. medication).
What does it take to join Bluebird Care Lewisham & Southwark?
Previous experience is not essential as we offer comprehensive training and on-going support. What is essential is the right attitude: you must be conscientious and reliable, with a calm and patient demeanour and an ability to keep a cool head and remain professional under occasionally stressful circumstances – but above all, you need to be 100% committed to helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable people.
Our Care Assistants also need:
1) to come cleanly through an enhanced criminal background check
2) to be able to communicate clearly in English with someone who may be confused or hard of hearing
3) to be resident within, or within 5mins drive of, the London Boroughs of Lewisham & Southwark
4) a valid driving licence and taxed and MOT'd car which you could use for work desirable but not essential
Further information, including current rates of pay, are available on request.