Sue’s home is full of happy memories. As a domiciliary carer you’ll help her make more.
At Oxford Aunts, we’re always there for the people we care for. And we’re always there for our colleagues. Join our team as a domiciliary carer and you’ll be well looked after by our community of caring experts. Supporting you to provide the very best care to our clients in the comfort of their own homes and communities.
Helping older people live a rich and fulfilling life is more than just a job. Domiciliary care assistants (also referred to as hourly carers) provide valuable care and support, enabling a client to stay in the place they love most – their own home.
Working in and around your local area you’ll be visiting clients who require additional support with aspects of their day-to-day life, as well as providing companionship. Following a person-centred care plan, designed to promote independence and choice for the client, you could be supporting with the following:
Household tasks, such as vacuuming, laundry, light cleaning
Preparing and cooking meals
Running errands, such as collecting prescriptions and grocery shopping
Rated as ‘Good’ in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, you can rest assured you’ll be provided with the right tools, training and support to deliver the high-quality care that we are known for in Oxford. As an established company founded in 1967, our community of care experts understand what great support and training looks like for our carers and will be with you every step of the way.
Our minimum call time is one hour, so you will have the time to care, focusing on your clients’ needs and building meaningful relationships rather than rushing from call to call. Our clients are currently based in the Kidlington, Eynsham, Headington and Cumnor areas of Oxford, so you will need to be a driver with your own car and happy to travel to these locations.
We will expand our hourly care service to other parts of Oxford soon. Check out our current vacancies by using our job search tool.
Care assistant salary and benefits
Because you take care of everything in the home, we take care of everything for you. Our employment packages are industry-leading and offer many benefits, including:
Excellent pay rates above the UK living wage
We pay our carers £15 per hour and double pay on bank holidays. You’ll also receive holiday pay and enrollment in our workplace pension scheme.
Paid travel time and travel costs between calls
Paid travel time in between your client calls. You can also claim your mileage expenses.
Guaranteed hour contracts
We currently have a mixture of full-time and part-time hours available as well as evenings and weekends. Many of our clients need assistance both in the morning and evening, so you should be available to cover calls at these times.
You will be offered a guaranteed hours contract based on your availability. This is the minimum number of hours you will be paid weekly, regardless of whether you have had care calls. You can choose to work more than this. Just make sure your care manager has your most up-to-date availability.
Ongoing Training Opportunities
Your career aspirations are important to us, so we also have opportunities for ongoing training once you have completed your initial induction. We offer our carers the option to achieve a level two diploma in health and social care, along with extensive e-learning programmes. And that’s not all, we also offer:
24/7 on-call support 365 days a year
Free Blue Light Card
Generous ‘Refer A Friend’ Scheme – £250 for you and £125 for your friend!
Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
Minimum of one-hour visits
What qualifications and experience do I need?
Due to our current client requirements we are looking for carers with at least six months’ professional experience of caring for someone. This could be gained in any relevant care settings, such as care homes, nursing homes, hospitals, hospices or home care. As well as having hands-on experience, you will share our values and our dedication for delivering the best possible care.
It is important that you have a good level of IT skills prior to starting with us as all of our systems are online, rather than being paper based. These systems have been designed with a carer in mind, so that you have more time to focus on your client.
As our clients are based in Oxford and surrounding towns and villages, you will need to be a driver with your own car, so that you are able to reach our clients.
Want to join our hourly care team?
Our hourly carer application process can be completed in a few easy steps.
Apply with Max, our virtual recruitment assistant. Simply click the Max icon on the bottom right of your screen and they will guide you through the application. It should only take around five minutes to complete.
We’ll contact you to arrange a virtual interview if you’re shortlisted. This will last up to an hour. Interviews are a two-way process, so it’s also an excellent opportunity for you to get to know us better and make sure that Oxford Aunts will be the right fit for you.
You will be made a conditional offer if you have a successful interview. This offer is conditional as it is subject to us receiving your references, successfully clearing an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and passing your induction training course.
Our brand-new training facility is in our office in Eynsham, Oxford. After accepting our conditional offer, you will be invited to join our induction training, which lasts for one week. We can offer training most weeks, and your recruiter will let you know which dates are available for you to attend training.
Want to join our domiciliary care team?
Click the Max icon on the bottom right of your screen to apply with our recruitment assistant. When prompted, select option 1 for our domiciliary care roles.
I don’t live near Oxford, can I apply for an hourly care role?
We currently have placements in and around Oxford only, therefore it’s important for you to live in the area in order for you to travel to our clients with ease. We do ask that you are flexible with travelling, but don’t worry, you can claim your UK travel expenses back and we’ll pay you for your travel time.
What documentation is required?
To be eligible to work in the UK you must have either a British passport, settled or pre-settled status as part of the EU settlement scheme, or hold a current visa that allows you to work in the UK with no restrictions. If you apply to work with us and you do not have one of these documents, we regret that we will be unable to process your application. Please note that we cannot assist with any sponsorship or visa requests – including those that hold a skilled worker visa or if you are applying for a health and social care visa.
For more information on what documentation is required for working in the UK please visit the UK government website.
What kind of experience do I need?
You will need at least 6 months professional care experience. You might have professional experience as a support worker, or as a care assistant in a residential or domiciliary care setting. Or you might already be an experienced carer looking for a new way to maximise your earning potential. However, if you have less than 6 months professional care experience, please do reach out to our team for a chat. Find out more about working for us and what we look for in our carers.
What age do you need to be to become an Oxford Aunts carer?
We’re often asked if there’s an age limit for our live-in care roles and some people are surprised when we say ‘no’. We have carers of all ages joining us, but the majority of our carers are aged 50+. That’s why we’re proud to be an age diverse employer with Rest Less. All of our team members share the same values and passion to provide the very best care.
What compliance checks do you need to carry out?
Before you can attend our training we will need to contact your two most recent employers for a reference. Your recruiter will ask you to complete a form giving the contact details of four people we can contact for your references. It is important that you complete this as soon as possible so that we have plenty of time to contact your references. Any delay in us hearing back from your references will mean a delay in you being offered any placements.
How soon can I start work?
Once you have successfully completed the initial interview and your compliance checks are complete, you will be offered a place on our induction training programme in Oxford. Once you have successfully completed induction training and our compliance checks we will look to find you a suitable placement. We place great emphasis on finding the right match for both our clients and care workers, so we cannot guarantee how quickly you will start in your placement.
Do I need a driving licence?
Being a driver is essential as you will need to travel to different placements regularly, some of which are in remote areas where public transport is not an option.
Do you offer regular patterns of work?
We offer a variety of options for you to choose from. You will have a nice mixture of 1-hour visits for hourly stand-alone clients but most of our calls will be at least 3 hours or longer. This work is covering our live-in carer breaks.
Can I choose my own hours?
Your contract is a flexible hours contract, with a minimum amount of hours each week guaranteed. You will give your availability at the interview stage and this forms part of your contract. You will have regular clients that you will visit. Once you have a permanent placement, you would work those hours every week. You'll receive your schedule in advance which will outline your regular hours. If for any reason we need you to cover more shifts than usual due to holidays or sickness, we will call you to see if you’re available. However, we would never schedule a placement outside of your availability.
What are the benefits of working with Oxford Aunts?
Yes, there are several incentives we offer carers who join us:
Guaranteed pay contract - consistent pay for an agreed minimum amount of hours every month
Options to work full time, part time, evenings and weekends
Excellent pay rates - £15 per hour
Paid time and mileage between calls - 45p a mile
Double pay on bank holidays
Generous refer a friend scheme using care friends app
FREE blue light card
FREE onboarding training with qualified trainers
Access to the care certificate if you don’t already have it
Access to free training on an ad hoc basis including diploma in health and social care
FREE annual refresher training
Access to our free employee assistance programme supporting in times of need
FREE enhanced DBS at induction
Access to on call support when you are working
What pre-employment checks do you need to carry out?
All offers of engagement are subject to us carrying out checks on your background and character. Before you can attend our training we will need to contact your two most recent employers for a reference. Your recruiter will ask you to complete a form giving the contact details of four people we can contact for your references. It is important that you complete this as soon as possible so that we have plenty of time to contact your references. Any delay in us hearing back from your references will mean a delay in your training and your employment with us.
Criminal records checks
We will need to carry out an enhanced police check (DBS) in the UK. This is a requirement for anybody working with vulnerable adults. You will be given access to your compliance portal where you can add copies of your ID documents which will enable us to apply for your DBS. Whilst we apply for this as soon as possible, please be aware that the processing time for this check can be anything from one week – one month, or on rare occasions it can be longer.
Overseas police checks
If you have lived outside of the UK for twelve months or more in the last five years you will need to apply for an overseas police clearance. You can either organise this yourself and bring a copy with you to training, or ask our compliance team to support you with obtaining your overseas police check. It is normally a case of going to your local police station and requesting the check in person, often they can complete it on the same day you apply.
Please note: South African applicants must obtain a National Police Clearance Certificate based on fingerprints and name check. This is much easier to achieve whilst in South Africa, so we encourage you to get this before you leave for the UK. Local South African police clearances are not acceptable.
What should I bring to training?
Passport / ID card
Two proofs of address dated within the last three months
Driving licence (if you have one)
Overseas police clearance (if required)
Any nationally recognised UK training certificates
Proof of National insurance (if you have one)
Do you prepare care plans for clients?
Yes, a care plan is written by your care assessor during the assessment of each client, detailing medication, medical conditions and all assistance required for that person’s day-to-day care.
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