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Care Assistant - New Forest

Job Details:

Salary range: £9.55 - £10.05 per hour, (£18,426 - £19,407 pro rata, per annum)

Work location: New Forest Area 

Hours per week: Flexible - Day and Night Shift Opportunities Available 

Contract type: Permanent & Casual Opportunities Available 


We will review applications as and when they are received, so we advise you apply as soon as possible.  

Exciting Care Assistant Opportunities in the New Forest


We have excellent opportunities for caring and compassionate individuals to join our hard-working, friendly and supportive teams as Care Assistants within our residential care homes located in the New Forest.


Whether you are an experienced carer looking for a new challenge or are just starting out in your career, we can offer you the opportunity to make a genuine difference to older people’s lives.




We are recruiting to our care homes located within the beautiful New Forest National Park. 


Our homes are:


•    Bickerley Green, Ringwood  - Bickerley Green is a care home with nursing, located parallel to and with excellent access to the lively town centre of Ringwood.

•    Cranleigh Paddock, Lyndhurst - Cranleigh Paddock is a residential care home meeting both frail elderly individuals needs and those with Dementia.

•    Solent Mead, Lymington - Solent Mead is approximately five minutes’ walk from the town centre and only a short distance from Lymington Quay and the Marina. 

•    Forest Court, Calmore - Forest Court is a modern care home with nursing, set in a beautiful woodland location providing 24 hour nursing care, including care for residents with dementia.


Please indicate on your application form your preference in care home. We will review applications as they are submitted so please complete your application as soon as possible. 



No two days are the same in this varied and rewarding role, as a general guide, your duties will include:


•    Supporting residents with personal care needs 
•    Supporting residents with medication, full training will be given 
•    Providing support around mealtimes 
•    Keeping accurate records 
•    Leading activities that support people to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives 


We are looking for Carer’s who recognise the importance of promoting our resident’s independence, knowing when they are needed and when to take a step back.  




You don’t need to have previous experience in this field, with the right values and motivation we can equip you with the skills and training you need to enjoy this hugely satisfying role and progress in your career.


If you share our person-centred values and feel you can help to make our care homes a place that our residents can really call home, we would love to hear from you!




Hampshire County Councils’ Adults Health and Care team provide a range of residential care and nursing services for older people across the county, some of whom are living with dementia.

Hampshire County Council recognises the outstanding contribution our care staff make, so we offer a generous benefits package including; 


•    A minimum 24 days annual leave entitlement
•    Access to Local Government Pension Scheme
•    Interest free travel loans and discounts.
•    Family friendly policies


Role Responsibilities:
  • To ensure a record is maintained of residents’ personal care needs in accordance with procedures and guidelines. Carry out routine risk assessments for clients and care planning. Complete daily contact sheets to show events affecting residents.
  • To advise senior staff of any issues (both personal and environmental) concerning welfare of residents to ensure continuing high standard of care.
  • To share information on individual residents’ care needs by liaising with residents, relatives and senior staff to ensure continuing high standards of care.
  • To spend time with the residents (both at the unit and on external trips), in order to build and maintain relationships and social contact. Shopping on client’s behalf when necessary. Act as a key worker for a number of residents so that a special relationship is forged and maintained with them to promote their physical, emotional and social well being. Complete individual care plans with residents to ensure they receive appropriate care (with appropriate reference to senior staff).
  • To maintain a standard of cleanliness in residents’ rooms, including labelling of personal clothes, tidying of cupboards/drawers in order that individual comfort is afforded. To assist in maintaining individual standards of hygiene in accordance with client’s wishes so that personal dignity is retained.
  • To undertake appropriate activities with clients as identified in their care plans. This may refer to their interest in gardening, car maintenance, cookery, etc.
  • Maintain an awareness of corporate and departmental equalities and health and safety policies and procedures and applies them in the day to day job requirements.
Role Requirements:
  • Patience and good communication skills
  • An understanding of the client group
  • Physically able to assist client into bath (using equipment where necessary)
  • Trained and able to use equipment for moving/handling residents e.g. hoists, glide sheets (will be provided on appointment)
  • Writing skills (for daily records, care plans etc.)
  • Ideally, an NVQ2 in Social Care and some experience with dementia although these are not essential.
Working Conditions:
  • Manual handling of people and objects daily 15+kg
  • Working with vulnerable adults
  • Night work
  • Participating in direct personal care
  • Food handling
  • Contact with sharps (e.g. Needles)
  • Working in a hot environment
  • Contact with people with infections, human blood or bodily fluid
  • Contact with cleaning materials
  • Wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

For Bickerely Green please contact Tracy Flint, Registered Manager on 01425 473312 

For Cranleigh Paddock please contact Christopher Babbidge, Registered Manager on 02380 283602 

For Solent Mead please contact Tina Britton, Registered Manager on 01590 674687

For Forest Court please contact Marilyn Duffin, Registered Manager on 02380 664770 


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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