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Rewarding. Caring.
All in a day's work.

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Why choose a career in care?

As a carer, you'll be there to share in their biggest achievements. Celebrating. Smiling. But you'll also be there to support them through their toughest moments. Understanding. Encouraging. It's challenging work. But it's incredibly rewarding.

When you choose a career in care, it's all in a day's work.

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Rewarding and full of benefits

As well as being among the most rewarding jobs you can do, you’ll enjoy flexible working hours and full training and development to be at your best.

WNC offer a fantastic range of benefits for our employees which include:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting at 27 days
  • We offer access to a range of training and development, in addition to mandatory training
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension with generous employer contribution
  • For those in working in our homes, we are able to offer free lunches
  • For those out and about in our Reablement Service, we pay our Reablement Support Workers for full shifts, rather than per individual visit, and pay 45p per mile

Discover the everyday benefits of a career in care with West Northampshire Council.

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Every day I come home and feel like I’ve done a really good thing

"It’s a once in a lifetime kind of job, enjoying so many moments with the residents. My colleagues are like family too, we’re with each other every day, there’s a lovely atmosphere here as we are all here as we love doing the job and that makes the residents happy. It’s hard work but it’s 100% worth it."

Katie, Care Worker, Boniface Care Home

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Recovering Independence Unit

In October 2022 we are launching a new way of working within Turn Furlong (Kingsthorpe, Northampton), to provide a new integrated health and social care model of care for people needing short term support upon discharge from hospital.

The 'Recovering Independence Bed' unit will be delivered by a range of staff, from both health and social care settings. Our team will deliver clinical care, rehabilitation support and care support, ensuring people experience the best quality of service they can, in a prompt and seamless way.

The services will provide a unique opportunity to work with a dedicated team, with experience from both elements of health and social care, to deliver vital intermediate care for people in Northamptonshire.

The team will provide quality care for our people, specialising in rehabilitation/reablement and sub-acute care for people discharged from acute hospitals.

As the focus of the centres is rehabilitation and reablement you will be working in an integrated multi-disciplinary team that includes senior nurses, staff nurses, unregistered staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical staff and social care colleagues.

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Current vacancies

Senior Shift Leader  View jobs

Care & Support Assistant 

Shifts are 7.45am - 8.15pm (Days) or 8pm - 8am (Nights).
Full and part-time applications are welcomed.

Reablement Support
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Helping people to live their best life.

Our Reablement West service provides support to people in West Northants in their own homes. We work to provide a fast and responsive service to people, who without our immediate support, would be at risk of either being admitted to a hospital or care home, or will be unnecessarily delayed from returning home if they’re in hospital.

Our approach is to work with individuals, making the most of their strengths, to enable them to gain independence and confidence so they can continue to remain at home as long as they want to. Our Reablement Support Workers help people to set goals and work towards achieving them, usually for a set period of time (typically around three to six weeks) for example a person might like to be able to do their own personal care, improve their mobility or cooking. They also support people to connect with their community by helping them become more independent outside of their home and to have the confidence to go out and about like they used to. All with the aim of helping them to live their best lives possible.

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Specialist Care Centres

Our three specialist care centres (based in Northampton, Rushden and Corby) are there for people who are leaving hospital or those who require respite or emergency care, and they usually stay around three to six weeks.

As with our Reablement Service, we work with individuals, making the most of their strengths, to enable them to gain independence and confidence so they can go home, and remain at home as long as they want to.

Our Reablement Support Workers and residents set goals together, and during their stay, work towards achieving them. Their goals could be being able to do their own personal care, cook for themselves or be more mobile, for example. We have a team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Reablement Support Workers in our specialist care centres who support with things such as mobility, kitchen assessments and washing and dressing assessments. We all work together to support residents to regain their confidence, strength and independence. Our Social Workers can set up care packages, so they are able to go home, where they want to be, and live their best lives!

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It’s rewarding making a difference to people’s lives…

" It’s a very nice job, I am working with individuals coming out of hospital and try to help them become more independent. I see the person initially unable to do anything for themselves, slowly you show them and help them to become independent – it’s the best thing, it’s what I love most about the job – it’s very rewarding and makes a big difference to their lives. "

Valentin, Reablement Support Worker

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Provider Services
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Residential Care Homes

Our care homes are a home from home for elderly people, some of whom are living with dementia, who aren’t able to live at home anymore. We do our best to enable our residents to live as independently as possible, but we are on hand 24/7 to provide all the support they need. We help our residents with everything from personal care – which can include getting up, washing, and helping them choose what clothes to wear, right through to going to bed and everything in between like medication, mealtimes, joining in with activities and so much more. The big things are the little things and everything we do is person centred – it’s around what our residents want and need, whilst maintaining their choice and dignity.

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Supported Living

The care we provide to those living in Supported Living is similar to our residential care homes, we provide 24-hour support, but in resident’s own apartments. Our Care Workers here also help residents with things like paying bills and setting up direct debits, supporting them to go on holidays (and going with them!). Our residents may not need support with personal care, but still need some support to live independently in the community.

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WNC Care Worker helping a resident

Day Services

Our day services support can be given in a day centre or out in the community. The support offered is shorter term, for adults with physical or learning disabilities, with the goal of enabling increasing their independence.

Our Care & Support Workers might be supporting someone to regain independence and confidence to go from their home into the community by helping them to catch a bus giving them greater access to their local community or supporting people to attend groups to give them the confidence to get to know their local community better, or helping them with cookery in the day centre. Support is personalised for each person – whatever they need, which could be anything from learning new skills, training, volunteer work or help getting out and about.

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I know how important a carer is to them…

" It feels like we’re a family, we work together all the time. I’ve got friends here who will be friends for life! The managers are very understanding, they’re welcoming and really lovely. Some people think we just make tea all the time, a lot of people don’t understand what a Care and Support Worker does – we have a big responsibility – I care for a number of residents who are completely dependent on me. We know our residents “normal”, so know when something’s wrong. We’re close to residents and their families and I always try to help residents maintain independence as I know how important it is to them. "

Sydney, Care & Support Worker, Boniface Care Home

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