New careers in care are now on offer as Bupa has created 800 new jobs across its UK care homes.
Bosses at Bupa Care Services, which operates more than 300 care homes across the country, say they are looking to recruit people with a range of skills from nurses and carers to maintenance staff and housekeepers.
The new jobs are a result of the company's multi-million pound investment in expanding its care homes and changes in working practices. Bupa Care Services, which is one of the largest organisations to be awarded Investor in People status (IIP), plans to open three new care homes by the end of this year in Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Malvern.
Alistair How, UK care homes director, Bupa Care Services said: "A career in care is incredibly rewarding with high levels of job satisfaction. It is a job where you really can make a difference. We are investing in new care homes, extensions and refurbishments, but it is the people working in our care homes who really make the difference to residents. Whether you're a nurse looking for career opportunities and the chance to progress to management, a cook who wants a real culinary challenge in meeting individual's tastes, or someone just starting out in the caring profession, we have opportunities that could suit you."
While some roles don't need previous experience, as an industry leader in training and development Bupa always looks to helps its people gain new skills and progress their careers. Applicants will need to undergo regulatory checks before starting work in a care home.
Paul Tudor, 39, joined Bupa Forest Court Nursing Home in Gloucestershire after working for years in the motor industry. Paul suffered an injury which kept being aggravated by heavy lifting and needed a different kind of job.
He said: "I would never ever thought of becoming an activities co-ordinator, but I started here as the maintenance man and the more I learnt about the home and its residents, the more involved I wanted to become. I have never felt so valued and appreciated for what I do. Being able to help people on a one-to-one basis is really rewarding."
Paul works in a home that specialises in the care of residents with severe dementia and challenging behaviour. Now, a year into his new role, Paul cannot imagine doing anything else.
Registered general nurse Faye Welch, 35, needed a local job so she could still care for her toddler. Faye is home manager of Bupa Straven House Residential Home in West Yorkshire.
She said "Now, I can't imagine working anywhere else but in care services. Coming to work is like having your own personal internet all around you. The knowledge and information available from residents and staff just through the front door is outstanding. I would encourage anyone with a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge and a desire to be of use to consider working in care services."
Joanne Angell-Sedgwick, 42, recently joined Bupa as an activities co-ordinator in Cheshire working at Brookview Nursing and Residential Centre. She spent 20 years working for a national supermarket chain, but felt that her job was less enjoyable because it had become less people orientated. Joanne loves her new role at a Bupa care home.
She said: "I never thought I would enjoy being at work again - this job has been a revelation."
As a company without shareholders Bupa can reinvest any profits so that residents reap the dividends in improved facilities and services.
In 2006, Bupa Care Services' Personal Best programme, which encourages carers to provide a truly individual service, won the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development annual People Management Award. Bupa triumphed against 15 other organisations for the People Management Award including Tesco, Unilever and Rolls Royce - and became the first care home provider to win it.
Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.
As a leading international healthcare group, we offer health insurance and medical subscription products; run care homes, retirement villages, hospitals, primary care and diagnostic centres and dental clinics. We also provide workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.
We have 29m customers in 190 countries. With no shareholders, we reinvest our profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil our purpose.
We employ 79,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and the USA.
For more information, visit www.bupa.com.