Most frequently asked questions
Below are some of the questions we find we are frequently asked by our existing and potential healthcare workers.
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How can I apply for a healthcare job?
What does the job involve?
Being a healthcare assistant consists of many duties, with the most common being:
- Personal care
- Assisting with toileting
- Assisting with feeding and drinking
- Assisting with washing, dressing etc
- Offering companionship
Who would I be working for?
We recruit healthcare assistants, senior carers and nurses on behalf of care homes and nursing homes in the UK. If you accept a job you will be employed by us on a contract (We take care of things like pay, national insurance, holiday and sick leave), but in your daily work you will report to the care home manager.
Where would my work placement be?
We have clients throughout the UK, so our vacancies can be anywhere in the country. It’s easier to find work if you’re willing to move where the vacancies are, but we can also try to find you a healthcare or nursing job closer to where you already live.
What is the starting salary?
The starting salary is dependent on your experience and qualifications. The breakdown is below:
- Trainee Healthcare Assistant: £8.20 per hour
- Trained Healthcare Assistant: £8.50 per hour
- Experienced Healthcare Assistant: £8.80 per hour
- Senior Carer: £11.00 per hour
- Junior Nurse: £11.00 per hour
- Registered Nurse: £20.00 per hour
Is the pay cycle weekly or monthly?
Most people are paid monthly. However, this does depend on the pay cycle of the care home. This can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You will be told exactly when you get paid in your payment declaration, once you accept a job.
Is there additional pay for unsociable hours?
Yes. We pay all Healthcare Assistants an additional £0.50 per hour for Nights (Between 8pm & 6am) and for Bank holidays.
Please note: This additional pay is not applicable to Nurses.
Is training included?
Trainees can be enrolled on our Care Certificate training program, which is approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The training is delivered by our in-house training team and has no up-front costs, subject to our terms and conditions.
Applicants with relevant qualifications and/or experience may not need to attend our training course.
How long does the training take?
Our candidates are enrolled on our one week training programme, which covers around 70% of the Care Certificate training. The remainder of the training needs completing whilst on work placement, preferably within the first three months of employment.
Are there opportunities to further my career?
Yes, which is why we offer 3 pay rises within the first year. The longer you stay with us, the more money you earn! We are also able to offer further training and development.
How do I apply for annual leave?
You need to apply for annual leave to the care home/nursing home manager. Avanta Care can then approve your annual leave request once your manager has authorised it.
What are the statutory holidays in the UK?
Are there any benefits or incentives of working for Avanta Care?
Yes, there are many! As well as regular pay rises and additional pay on unsociable hours, we also offer the following: