We have a huge variety of opportunities in care. We can offer jobs in care homes, people’s homes, hospitals big and small, GP practices, hospices, working in a community team or working with one single service-user.
There’s great flexibility to work in the way that suits your lifestyle. We have opportunities for people who want to work shifts, and for those who don’t; for those who don’t mind travelling as part of their role (and have their own transport); and for those who wish to work in one location.
And what a local community it is to work across. Almost half of Wiltshire is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, full of quintessentially English countryside renowned for its iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, not to mention the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge.
Across health and social care in Wiltshire, we have a vision to provide most care at home, or as close to home as possible. This means the way our services are provided is changing to be more focused on providing person-centred care within the community.
In practice this means:
Health and care organisations are working together in more integrated ways to meet the needs of the people they are caring for. This could mean domiciliary care staff working with community health teams based in GP practices, for example, to care for the people who are registered with that surgery after an operation.
We are exploring how best to use the new national apprenticeship scheme to enable our staff to further develop in their roles, and to develop career pathways across health and care organisations.
Career pathways will enable staff to train as registered nurses, using new apprentice schemes. We will embrace any new apprenticeships in therapy and social care when they become available too.
Investment is being made in training and development for all staff, so that they have the skills to care and the knowledge they need to help people live in their own home for as long as possible and to maintain their independence.
New roles are being developed that are designed to meet the needs of our patients but also to enable GPs and senior care professionals to concentrate on what they do best – that gives opportunities for others to develop in their role.
It takes a certain type of person to be a carer. It’s not about qualifications and ticking boxes. It’s about possessing qualities that can’t be taught. It’s about what’s in your heart; what motivates you; what makes you feel good. Dedicating your life to helping others live free and independently? That’s something special. Dealing with concerns that most people couldn’t contemplate? That’s extraordinary. Using your life experiences to help someone else? That’s caring. It’s challenging. It’s unique. It’s rewarding. It’s incredible. It’s not for everyone. But is it for you? This is your opportunity to do something amazing.
This is your opportunity to turn care into a career.