Being a carer is not a job – it is a vocation. It can provide you with tremendous job satisfaction and flexibility, but you need to be the right kind of person: you need to be genuinely caring, respectful and interested in people. At Birchwood Care we pride ourselves on having the very best homecarers and retaining them over the years through our commitment to excellence, our favourable employment terms and our sense of an extended family. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Birchwood carer, we’d love to hear from you.
Not everyone has what it takes to be a Birchwood carer. The qualities and experience that we look for include:
Birchwood has excellent staff retention because we offer more than other agencies:
"I have always been very pleased with the carers I have had, they have been kind, friendly and helpful. Also, they are smart, clean and tidy and always do the work I ask them to do. Years ago they looked after me and my meal, now I am a lot better – they look after my house for me!"
"I love being a carer because I like being able to make a difference to people’s lives, and being able to support them to stay in their own homes. I like working for Birchwood because they expect high standards from staff. Everyone has a role to play in the team, everyone’s role is important – that’s why it works. I have always felt supported by the management at Birchwood; they care about their staff and make us feel valued, and the training and opportunities that we are encouraged to take to develop our role as a worker are brilliant."
Birchwood Care Services carer
Care is not an easy job; it’s a sector with a high turnover. But, for the right people, it offers rewards that are hard to find elsewhere, and Birchwood Care offers a sense of family and belonging not found at other agencies. That’s why some of our staff stay with us year after year – and why others leave, only to come back. If you’re the right person, we’d love to hear from you.
"I believe I am treated as a person who matters to [my carers] and their kindness is absolutely genuine."
"Staff were supported to undertake training and qualifications appropriate to their roles to increase their knowledge and skills."
Care Quality Commission Inspection Report, August 2015