Working with a regulated provider in Scotland

If you’re looking for a new role within the care sector, the choice can be overwhelming.  With hundreds of companies across Scotland offering work for carers, you may be asking yourself how do I choose who to work with?  We think there are a few things you should consider when making your choice.  

Are they a regulated care provider?

Regulated care companies are monitored and inspected by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. These regular inspections ensure that regulated care companies are always meeting requirements for the safety and quality of care that’s provided and also for the support and training that they provide for their employees.  

So, in practical terms, what does this mean for you?

Peace of mind

You can feel safe in the knowledge that you are working for a company that is inspected and held to account against certain standards.  Each regulated company will be given a rating by the Care Inspectorate.  This rating gives an honest appraisal of the care and support provided.  A rating of 5’s and 6’s mean that you will be working for one of the highest rated companies by the Care Inspectorate.  Reports are easily accessed via the Care Inspectorate website.  You can view The Good Care Group Scotland’s report HERE

24/7 support and ongoing supervision

Unregulated providers will act as an introductory agency.  Essentially they will introduce you to a client, the client pays a fee for this and in most cases you then take over managing and delivering their care.  In most instances you will be paid directly by the client and treated as a self-employed carer, managing your own cover for holidays or sickness.

With a regulated provider, such as The Good Care Group, you will have access to robust support systems.  You’ll be working with a Care Manager who is local to you.  They’ll know you and your client and be on hand to support you in your placement.  Through regular supervision they’ll ensure you have everything you need to perform your role to the highest standards.  

We also have our Regional Support Assistants who are always at the end of the phone.  Whether it’s for the ‘little things’ like booking your travel or sending out more PPE, to offering a listening ear if you’re having a challenging day or guiding you on reporting an incident.  We are here for you 24/7.

Providing a fully managed service

The benefit of working with a regulated provider is that they manage the whole process.  At The Good Care Group our care experts will assess a client placement before you arrive, write a detailed care plan and carry out any risk assessments.  This ensures you have everything you need to provide excellent care.   

Quality assured training 

It’s also important to consider what training is on offer.  Do they provide a thorough induction before you join?  Are there opportunities to further develop your skills and knowledge? Is this organised and paid for by the care provider, or is this something you need to do?  

We are proud to offer our Professional Carers lots of options for their ongoing learning and development.  We’ve partnered with Rewards Training so that our Professional Carers in Scotland can achieve an SVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care. As part of our commitment to being a market leading employer, we’re able to offer this training fully funded by TGCG.  We’ll also pay our Carers for their time to complete their training.  Learn more HERE.

Be a part of a community of care experts

The nature of live-in care means that often you will be lone-working.  When choosing a provider to work with it’s important to understand how you can access advice and support whilst in placement.  At The Good Care Group we’ve developed close partnerships with many care professionals.  This ensures our teams can continue to improve health outcomes for our clients.  

Working with us you’ll also be able to draw upon the expertise of our Consultant Admiral Nurse and in-house Occupational Therapist. They support our clients, their families and our Professional Carers, identifying even the smallest changes that can make a huge difference. 

Still have questions about working with a regulated provider like The Good Care Group in Scotland?  Call our recruitment hotline on 0203 728 7570.

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