Care assistants

About Leuchie House

This is a really exciting time to join Leuchie! As a charity we are dedicated to delivering a unique, fully integrated health and social care service, built around our bespoke five star quality assurance framework based on professionalism, wellbeing and customer service.

Set in the beautiful East Lothian countryside beside North Berwick, Leuchie House is a national respite centre offering short breaks to people with a wide range of long term conditions including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. We cared for people with 31 different conditions in 2016.

We enjoy a country house feel at Leuchie, rather than a clinical atmosphere, with the emphasis as much on social care as on health. We are at the forefront in person-centered care and offer physiotherapy and a variety of activities and entertainment throughout each guest’s stay.

The learning and development of our staff is crucial as we strive to deliver a wide range of opportunities and experiences. We are delighted to be an official partner of Queen Margaret University working together on health and social care, research and co-production.

The role

As a care assistant at Leuchie House, you will be one of the key people helping to ensure our guests have the best possible respite break.

Working as part of our dedicated nursing and care team, you'll provide individualised personal care to our guests. This could involve helping guests get up and about in the morning, assisting them at meal times, giving them support throughout the day, and helping them get ready for bed.

A break at Leuchie is about much more than just a change of care environment for our guests though. It's about helping them do new things, try different experiences, make new friends and have fun. That's one of the things that makes Leuchie different, and you'll be an important part of that too!  You'll get involved in our daily activities programme, which includes everything from arts and crafts, to strolls in the grounds, to quiz nights, to cocktail evenings. You'll also accompany guests on outings around East Lothian and Edinburgh, so your day could involve a stroll round the Botanic Gardens, or a trip to the Scottish Seabird Centre, or out for a pub lunch, or even helping a guest take off on a microlight flight!

If you've already worked in a caring environment, we'll do everything we can to help you keep developing your skills and experience.

If you're new to care, we'd still love to hear from you. A friendly, caring, person-centred approach is one of the most important things we ask of our care assistants. Through our comprehensive induction and training process, we'll make sure you get all the support and skills you need to deliver the five star service Leuchie is famous for. 

In return, we can offer you a great package of benefits, a special place to work, and a chance to be a light in the lives of people living with long term conditions.
 

Salary, hours and benefits

  • £8.73 per hour
  • Full time or part time
  • 35 days holiday entitlement pro rata
  • Every second weekend off
  • Lots of other great benefits: 
    • life assurance
    • workplace pension
    • discounted gym membership
    • employee assistance programme
    • health cash scheme
    • access to SCVO Credit Union
    • discounted home cooked food
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people living with long term conditions

 

Induction

On your first day you can expect an interactive day of essential training, ranging from health and safety, to how to use our fire evacuation equipment. You'll also meet our Chief Executive to find out more about Leuchie’s incredible journey, as well as having a tour of the building and the chance to meet all your new work colleagues!

From day one onwards you'll have the support and guidance of your manager/mentor.  They'll ensure you get the essential training and skills you need to provide a five star service to our guests.

Our commitment

We have a strong focus on our employees' continued professional and personal development, and will support you in your career development where possible. Our annual training week is another great opportunity for the whole house to learn new skills and refresh existing ones, rounding off with a special team bonding day!

Leuchie House works in partnership with Queen Margaret University with the aim to create a highly skilled health and social care workforce.  You can read more about this exciting partnership here

We also provide staff with the option of progressing through their SVQ qualifications and have a training catalogue from which you can choose the course you feel would benefit you most in your role. 

How to apply

Please complete and return the application form below, or send your CV to Laura Swan at lswan@leuchiehouse.org.uk or by post to Laura Swan, HR Assistant, Leuchie House, North Berwick EH39 5NT.

All posts at Leuchie are subject to either a Protection of Vulnerable Groups register check or a Police Act Disclosure check. Leuchie is a charity registered in Scotland SC042249.

More information

Care assistant job description

Leuchie House application form

Five star team commitments

Secure handling of disclosure/PVG information

Recruitment of ex-offenders policy

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