Our next Dementia Academy of 2019 is starting in September 2019!

If you don't have experience in the care sector but have always wanted to be part of this rewarding sector or are currently looking for a change in career direction, this might be the opportunity you're looking for!

What is the Academy?

The Academy is a training programme we set up to help those interested in a career in the care sector but who don't have the required practical experience or formal qualifications. It's perfect for those looking for a change in career or wanting to get on the first step of the employment ladder.

Our hope is that it will also help address the recruitment issue facing the care sector by giving those who want to get involved an opportunity to do so other than the usual mainstream avenues.

The Academy is quite exclusive; each intake is limited to 10 successful candidates to ensure we can give them the best quality training and the time and support that each applicant deserves.

Who is it for?

The Academy is for anyone who wants to make a difference with a rewarding role in care, providing support for people living with dementia. Interviews will be carried out with applicants and those who successfully pass the interview stage will be offered a place on the programme, subject to two references and a DBS check.

All we ask is that is that those who apply for the Academy share our values and are genuinely committed to a future in working in care.

What training do you get?

The Academy begins with a two to three week training period. Successful candidates will attend from 9.00am to 5.00pm, and will undertake all of the theoretical and practical training necessary to prepare them for a role in care. All elements of the Care Certificate will be completed during the training programme, and individual sessions include: Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Mental Capacity, Moving & Assisting, Medication, Personal Care, Privacy & Dignity, Behaviour that Challenges, Health & Safety, Infection Control, End of Life, Record Keeping – and many more.

What happens when it's finished?

Once the training element of the Academy has been completed, the shadowing period will begin. This will be for two weeks and will usually be across services or in the service area identified by the Operations team as being most suited to the individual worker.

All those who successfully complete the Academy will have guaranteed job roles with Dementia Matters as Care & Support Assistants, with continuously on-the-job support and training.

What hours are available?

We offer contracted hours of 20, 30 and 40 to all employees, regardless of whether they come through the Academy or not.

Shift patterns work on a fortnightly basis; for example, if someone opts for a 40 hour contract, they may work 4 twelve hour shifts one week and 3 twelve hour shifts the week after, which will average out as 80 hours over the course of two weeks.

The majority of our shifts are twelve hours longer, either 8.00am to 8.00pm or 8.00pm to 8.00am but we do have some shorter shifts available. An individual's restrictions will be discussed at interview with them and will be taken into account when offers are made; the needs of the service and those we support will be considered when deciding on suitability.

How to apply?

You can apply be sending a CV and covering letter to [email protected] or call 0191 217 1323 to request an application pack.

Please note: we would only like to hear from genuinely interested candidates with a desire to get into the rewarding field of health and social care.