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Why do we have a Privacy Policy?

It is really important to us that we keep any personal information that you give to us safe and secure and whilst we realise that it is not the most interesting of subjects, we would encourage you to read our Privacy Policy as it gives you important information about your personal information and your rights.

Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

This website is owned and operated by Niche Jobs Limited. When you have any comments or queries about this website please contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk and a HUMAN will reply.

We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
  • Sign up for a job alert email
  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason

Cookies

Cookies are text files that sites store on users' computers. They make sites easier to use. They don't do anything to your own computer (they can't run software or send viruses).

As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk.

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Niche Jobs Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.

Emails

If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"). Please contact us at jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.

Complaints

If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 03031231113

Address:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to jobs@nichejobsltd.co.uk

  • 05 July 2018
  • 7 min read

Ever wondered what a care assistant job is really like?

  • Karen Ashberry
    Social Care Worker

Karen Ashberry describes this crucial and multifaceted social care role.

Can you tell us about your job as a relief assistant and what your responsibilities were?

My role as a Relief Assistant was to work on-call covering any role and hours within the care home.

I would cover from 1 hour per week to as many as 13 hours daily over 7 days, working days and nights within the same week.This was before regulations were introduced!

I had to ensure I adhered to the EPH (Elderly Persons Home) duties and routines, Social Services policy and procedures, and Local Authority and National Government policy and procedures.

This has since changed.

These are some of my duties:

• Laundry:

Ensuring all laundry was washed, ironed, and repaired

Tidied into client’s bedroom

Laundry Room cleansed

• Damaged machinery reported to management for maintenance to repair

• Kitchen Domestic Assist the cook

• Cover light preparation of meals

• Lay tables

• Serve food

• Wash up all the crockery after meals

• Fill condiments sets

• Report any repairs

• Cook And Asst Cook Following the daily/weekly menu of home cooked meals

• Meals for individuals needs

• Preparing monthly menus

• Stock checking

• Ordering

• Date labelling

• Serving food

• Work as a team within the kitchenCare/Night care

• Assist and encourage a client to be as independent as possible within their own abilities and needs

• Monitor their health and wellbeing

• Stimulate them with range of different activities

• Keep their room clean

• Routine activities

• Admissions and discharges

• Inventories

• Updating care plans

• Repairing clients clothing

• Shopping with or for a client

• Night care

• Cleaning of the communal areas

• Regular checks on all throughout the night

• If someone is ill/had an accident or has died (assess area, act, and record every little detail)

• Domestic Ensure all areas of the care home were kept clean and odourless

• Strip and change beds

• Toilets and bathrooms cleaned and restocked

• Report any maintenance/repair

• Carpet washing/steaming

• The care home team has daily, weekly and monthly routines that each role perform, which were all monitored/amended by the Officers.

I would have supervision to develop and improve my knowledge, training needs and address any issues.

How did your Care Assistant job in a nursing home differ from your first job in social care?

For the nursing home role, I had to be assessed as to whether I had enough knowledge and training to become a health assistant to the nurses, or remain a care assistant.

I found that the clients were institutionalised and didn’t have as much stimulation.

Their individual needs required more clinical observation and intervention daily. The unit had the same daily, weekly and monthly routines.As a care assistant the role was more about cleaning.

As a health assistant it had a more clinical aspect.

For instance, I would assist the nurses with clinical procedures preparing the room and equipment, and provide support for the client in many different ways.

Can you tell us more about the additional responsibilities you had when you were a Senior Night Carer?

Senior night care came when the local authority/social services stopped officers sleeping in the EPH/premises.

Before that if a client was ill, had suffered an accident or was dying/died in their sleep, the night care would wake the officer up who would then take responsibility and be accountable.

As a senior care assistant (SCA) I became more accountable and my responsibilities were:

• Ensuring the EPH was safe and secure, and all who were in the home throughout my shift followed Health & Safety procedures,

• Receive handover and see all the clients to find out their requests,

• Assist individuals to bed and follow their individual care plan,

• Medication handling, storage, administration, disposal and returns,

• Record and report hourly checks,

• Carry out nightly cleaning tasks,

• Attend to phone calls,

• Action any requests,

• Fill in necessary forms and book or write reports,

• I would be a mentor and supervise care assistants, developing them with the care plans or individual service plan,

• Take immediate action when faced with any situation that happened during my shift; minor or major incidents, accidents, illness or Fire (which involves reassurance, comfort provision and dignity to individuals, and contact with emergency services).

How does a Sheltered Housing Scheme differ from that of a care home?

Clients are lot more independent. They live in their own apartment which has a bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen, and this apartment is within a block. They have more choice, so if they wanted to cook their own meal in their own apartment or join others at meal times they could.

Some clients’ need required assistance from home care to assist with daily living needs such as shopping, preparing light snacks, or personal hygiene.

If a client’s needs became more dependent or they became unable to care for themself they would be assessed for either EPH or nursing.

How do you assess the needs of an individual, write a care plan and put it into place?

A social worker is the main point of contact for service requests, but some do come from other teams and sources. In any case, a vacant bed or space for any service would have been sent to the local social work team for allocation.

A request for what service a client requires will come from the social worker team.

This information will be assessed against criteria for the EPH/EMI/HC/DC etc. looking at availability.

Any questions or queries regarding the care plan or availability are sorted out with the social worker.

Upon all being cleared the EPH/EMI/etc., I would assign the keyworker. They would then befriend and build up trust with the client in order to become the first point of contact and main carer.

Do you think it’s going to get harder over the coming years for people to have a successful career in social care?

Opportunities without a qualification are unheard of, and frowned on now. Yet so many people from 1950-1970 started off with no qualifications, many of whom have become head of sections and companies, or even entrepreneurs in the care industry.

I was successful in an interview to become a relief simply because I had cared for my grandfather and volunteered for W.R.V.S and other support groups. I had no qualifications in care.

I believe that on-the-job training is the best source of training and it seems we are returning to this. Training has become more frequent and standards have increased and improved.

I would say to anyone looking for a career in social care to not be put off if you don’t have a degree, or you’re finding it hard to get a job, as training is plentiful and knowledge and development is relatively easy to access and build through voluntary work, libraries and of course, the internet.

I’ve learnt a lot from clients over the years, in all kinds of ways, and for that I won’t ever forget them.

About the author

  • Karen Ashberry
    Social Care Worker

Prior to my current role, I was a Relief Assistant. I worked on call, covering any role and hours within the care home. I've gone from working in a nursing home environment, to sheltered accommodation where I work in social care. I’ve learnt a lot from clients over the years, in all kinds of ways, and for that I won’t ever forget them.

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About the author

  • Karen Ashberry
    Social Care Worker

Prior to my current role, I was a Relief Assistant. I worked on call, covering any role and hours within the care home. I've gone from working in a nursing home environment, to sheltered accommodation where I work in social care. I’ve learnt a lot from clients over the years, in all kinds of ways, and for that I won’t ever forget them.