Recipients of a 2017 Princess Royal Training Award

Awarded a coveted Silver Award by Investors in People

Rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Princess Royal Training Award

by Investors in People

Care Quality Commission

Recipients of a 2017
Awarded a coveted Silver Award
Rated outstanding by the

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The Application Process

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What are we looking for?

To be a good carer, you must want to care. You must be compassionate and want to make other people’s lives better. So even if you have no previous experience but have a caring nature, we would still like to hear from you.

You must be legally be allowed to work in the UK. If you are unsure if you can legally work in the UK please look at the home office website. Please note that we are unable to assist with, or sponsor visa applications.

Our clients need to understand you and you need to be able to understand them. So we need to know that you can speak and understand English well. We will carry out a telephone interview with you to help us judge this.

It is important that you are able to cook. You must be able to prepare basic English meals, from scratch. To help our carers we’ve produced a cook book and a recipe book available on our carer’s extranet.

It is not vital that you have a driving license, though it is a huge advantage to both you and our clients. If you hold a non-EU driving license you can drive legally in the UK for up to 12 months from when you enter Great Britain. This includes any small vehicle (such as a car or motorcycle) listed on your full and valid license. However some insurance companies in the UK may not cover you when driving for a client unless you change this to a full UK license. For more information please visit the government pages on driving.

To work for Christies Care you must be legally entitled to work in the UK. You must tell us if you have any previous criminal convictions.

You have to be fit to be a carer. This type of work can be physically demanding and involves a lot of bending and stretching and possibly carrying heavy items such as shopping bags.

Why be a carer at Christies?

Our carers tell us that with Christies Care, they get the work they want. This is why we have so many carers who have been with us for ten years or more. We have a dedicated member of staff whose job is to introduce carers who have just finished training to their clients. This way, newly trained carers also get the clients they need.

Our carers tell us that the reason they stay with Christies Care for so long (more than 1/3 of our carers has been with us for more than 5 years) is that we look after them. Our carer support team is always there at the end of the telephone, or our advisors can always visit you and talk, face to face.

Our free training is recognised as being the best, and it equips carers to be able to do almost any caring task. Further, in-depth, condition specific training is also available, free of charge.

Our carers earn £500 to £700 a week, and have free board and lodging when they work.

Christies Care’s Local Area Advisors visit and fully assess our clients, identify any risks that might be evident and evaluate the working conditions. Once a client has started, we do a full re-assessment whenever necessary and if you feel that you could do with a face-to-face chat with someone, our local advisor will come and visit you.

If, through no fault of your own, your work is cancelled (say your client goes to hospital, or passes away), we will offer you free accommodation here in our guesthouse. And if there are weeks when you don’t want to work, you can stay in our subsidised guesthouse.

To keep you up to date, to share ideas and stories about your caring lives, we have a carers website and newsletter. This may carry a story from a carer, telling how she has taken her client on holiday, or it may contain important information about how to avoid a scam.

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What Next?

If a live-in home care job sounds like something you would like to do, click any of the “Apply Now” buttons, fill in the application form and we’ll be in touch to let you know more.

“Christies Care works well for me as I know the carers and staff do a great job for their clients.

I have seen first-hand how bad things can be with pop-in agencies where the staff aren’t trained or supported properly.

I’m so proud to be a part of Christies Care.”

Barbara Piertese, Christies Live-in Carer
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Since starting care it's given me something to be really passionate about and, although at times it can be really tough, there is never a day that I don't love my job!

I wouldn't be able to do anywhere near as much as I do without the amazing support we have at our head office!

Big thanks to the green team!

Being a live in carer with Christies interested me because it was something that wasn't really spoke about in my area. Since I've been here I've loved every moment!

There is no better feeling than leaving a client and knowing that you've done your very best to improve their quality of life. One of my favourite things is listening to the stories people tell me about their past.

And because of the amount of time we get with clients, I get a lot of stories!

Although I've only recently started with Christies Care, it's been so enjoyable!

I've had different experiences in the care sector and grew up knowing that this was the industry that I wanted to be in.

I spent time helping out with my Nana's care at a young age and then spent some time at an ABI (acquired brain injury) unit.

My name is Anthony Donachie and I’m a live-in carer

I chose to be a carer because I have a passion for people.

I find it very fulfilling helping people who are ill, elderly, or have physical or learning difficulties to perform to their best. It makes life worth living!

I love learning new things, shopping, socializing and walking.

My name is Caroline Dube and I’m a live-in carer

I have been working in care for more than 4 years now but never been able to provide proper support to clients while being a pop-in carer - now, working for Christies Care, I can!

I also love travelling and meeting new people. Being a live-in carer gives me the ability to do that as on my weeks off I can travel the world. I've been abroad a few times already this year and I'm planning to do it a few more times!

My name is Paulius Ambrazevicius and I’m a live-in carer

I got into care when I was 18 after helping someone through mental health issues which opened my eyes a lot. It was meant to be a part time job while I was finishing college however I fell in love with the work and the rewards you get from helping people.

Caring can be hard, especially the live-in part, but the clients make it worthwhile and most days we have a laugh. I love reading and very much enjoy reading to my clients as much as I can. Music is a big part of my life and again I bring this to my work by singing and dancing with my clients although most of my clients will tell you my singing voice is terrible 🙂

I'm very bubbly and adventurous and in my time off I love going on road trips and travelling.

My name is Sam Adams and I’m a live-in carer

I became a carer because I wanted to be directly involved with the promotion of independence for others, supporting clients to achieve their goals.

With the training and constant support I have received from Christies I'm able to do this every day!

My name is Chad Walton and I’m a live-in carer

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Self-Employed Vs. Employed?

What does it mean to be self-employed?

It means that you are engaged by your client to carry out your client’s wishes. We introduce you to your client, but you are not employed by us.

We do not tell you what to do or what not to do. We can offer advice on best practice and our team is there at all times to offer support or a listening ear.

As your contract is with your client, we strongly recommend that you and your client should have it in writing and sign a contract for services together (we have a link to a specimen copy). This will clarify how long you will be working for your client, your agreed fee and the quality of the service you undertake to provide. It will also set out the conditions you expect from your client. It will commit you and your client for the weeks concerned.

Your client will generally pay you directly and you will be responsible for your own income tax and National Insurance. Our accounts team can give you some advice on how to the system works, how to register as self-employed, how to pay NI and how to do a self-assessment tax return. It’s not difficult and hundreds of our carers do it each year without trouble.

For Christies Care to introduce you to a client, to be self-employed, we must be sure you are a suitable carer for that client. You must have done the relevant training, had the relevant checks and we must be confident that you are a caring individual, who displays at all times the correct caring attitude.

What does it mean to be employed?

If you are employed by us, you will be caring for our client, according to the care plan. We are responsible for telling you what you can and cannot do. Our team is there to offer help and advice for you at all times, as well as instructions.

Christies Care will pay you directly into your bank account and will deduct tax and NI contributions at source.
To be an employed carer, we must be sure that you are suitable. You must have done the relevant training, had the relevant checks and we must be confident that you are a caring individual, who displays at all times the correct caring attitude.

What does it mean to be self-employed?

It means that you are engaged by your client to carry out your client’s wishes. We introduce you to your client, but you are not employed by us.

We do not tell you what to do or what not to do. We can offer advice on best practice and our team is there at all times to offer support or a listening ear.

As your contract is with your client, we strongly recommend that you and your client should have it in writing and sign a contract for services together (we have a link to a specimen copy). This will clarify how long you will be working for your client, your agreed fee and the quality of the service you undertake to provide. It will also set out the conditions you expect from your client. It will commit you and your client for the weeks concerned.

Your client will generally pay you directly and you will be responsible for your own income tax and National Insurance. Our accounts team can give you some advice on how to the system works, how to register as self-employed, how to pay NI and how to do a self-assessment tax return. It’s not difficult and hundreds of our carers do it each year without trouble.

For Christies Care to introduce you to a client, to be self-employed, we must be sure you are a suitable carer for that client. You must have done the relevant training, had the relevant checks and we must be confident that you are a caring individual, who displays at all times the correct caring attitude.

What does it mean to be employed?

If you are employed by us, you will be caring for our client, according to the care plan. We are responsible for telling you what you can and cannot do. Our team is there to offer help and advice for you at all times, as well as instructions.

Christies Care will pay you directly into your bank account and will deduct tax and NI contributions at source.
To be an employed carer, we must be sure that you are suitable. You must have done the relevant training, had the relevant checks and we must be confident that you are a caring individual, who displays at all times the correct caring attitude.

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Your Recruitment Team

Our team of recruitment agents in South Africa are you first port of call for any questions you may have.

PAM HART
PAM HARTLocal Agent - Southern Cape & Western Cape
“I’m Pamela (Pam) Hart, Christies Care’s accredited representative in South Africa.

I’ve worked as a live-in carer for Christies in the UK and know how they work.

They’ve visited me and know that I can help all those in South Africa who would like a fulfilling and rewarding career as a live-in carer for Christies Care.”

LAUREN JESSUP
LAUREN JESSUPLocal Agent - Eastern Cape & Bloemfontein
“Hi there. My name is Lauren Jessup, from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth.

I so badly wanted to join Christies Care as a live-in carer, but unfortunately do not have the necessary paper work.

So I did the next best thing. I made sure I impressed the interviewer and was appointed as Christies Care’s agent, recruiting live-in carers to work in the UK from Eastern Cape and Bloemfontein.

What a privilege it is to be involved in assisting people in more than one way. Providing an excellent live-in carer for the client and ensuring an income for fellow South Africans.”

TRACY LEZAR
TRACY LEZARLocal Agent - Kwa Zulu Natal
“I am extremely passionate about people, with a special fondness of the aged.

Christies now gives me an opportunity to work in a field that is very close to my heart.

It inspires me to see the carers compassion & commitment to their chosen career with Christies Care and the clients.”

Our team of recruitment agents in South Africa are you first port of call for any questions you may have.

PAM HART
PAM HARTLocal Agent - Southern Cape & Western Cape
“I’m Pamela (Pam) Hart, Christies Care’s accredited representative in South Africa.

I’ve worked as a live-in carer for Christies in the UK and know how they work.

They’ve visited me and know that I can help all those in South Africa who would like a fulfilling and rewarding career as a live-in carer for Christies Care.”

LAUREN JESSUP
LAUREN JESSUPLocal Agent - Eastern Cape & Bloemfontein
“Hi there. My name is Lauren Jessup, from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth.

I so badly wanted to join Christies Care as a live-in carer, but unfortunately do not have the necessary paper work.

So I did the next best thing. I made sure I impressed the interviewer and was appointed as Christies Care’s agent, recruiting live-in carers to work in the UK from Eastern Cape and Bloemfontein.

What a privilege it is to be involved in assisting people in more than one way. Providing an excellent live-in carer for the client and ensuring an income for fellow South Africans.”

TRACY LEZAR
TRACY LEZARLocal Agent - Kwa Zulu Natal
“I am extremely passionate about people, with a special fondness of the aged.

Christies now gives me an opportunity to work in a field that is very close to my heart.

It inspires me to see the carers compassion & commitment to their chosen career with Christies Care and the clients.”

Your carer Recruitment team is here to guide you through the recruitment process, to answer your questions and to make sure that a potential carer has the right attitude, skills and outlook to be a good live-in home carer.

As a prospective carer, you will talk to our team who will tell you about Christies Care, explain the duties and responsibilities of a live-in home carer and discuss our requirements. Because our clients are vulnerable adults, we have an obligation to only recruit carers who we are sure are going to be good and who have been thoroughly checked.

We know that the decision to be a live-in carer is not one that is taken lightly and that most of our prospective carers are nervous. As a prospective carer, you are coming all the way to the UK, to be trained, then introduced to clients and you don’t really know what the actual work will be like.

Your carer recruitment team understand these concerns and will help to reduce them.

SOPHIE EMMERSON
SOPHIE EMMERSONDeputy Recruitment Manager

“Hello! I’m Sophie and I have been Deputy Recruitment Manager at Christies Care since January 2017. I first started in the company in June 2014 as a Recruitment Co-ordinator and have remained in the department since. What I enjoy most about my role is meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life and helping them to attain their dream job.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends, eating out (as much food and as often as possible!!) and attending my local pub quiz. I am also a massive fan of any TV documentaries about the police or border force.”

CAMERON CAMPBELL
CAMERON CAMPBELLRecruitment Co-ordinator

“Hello! I’m Cameron. I joined the Recruitment team for Christies Care in September 2017.

I conduct the initial interviews with the carers from all around the world, I love talking to new people every day and starting a wonderful relationship with Christies Care and the carers.

Before joining Christies I worked in the social care sector recruiting social workers across the country.

When I’m not working, I enjoying spending time with my son, finding excuses not to go to the gym and always looking for a quirky place to grab some food and a pint.”

LEE ANDREWS
LEE ANDREWSRecruitment Co-ordinator
“Hi, my name is Lee. I joined Christies Care in August 2018 as a Recruitment Co-ordinator.

I have 6 years recruitment experience from when I lived in Essex. I moved here 2 years ago and am enjoying my new life in the East of England!

Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my family and walking my 2 dogs (along the seafront is our favourite place to be)!”

KIRSTY MARSHALL
KIRSTY MARSHALLCompliance Co-ordinator

“I joined Christies Care in July 2015, where I started as a ‘Booking Coordinator’. My role consisted of finding suitable carers for our clients, updating care plans and providing general support for my clients.

Due to previously being a support worker, I understood the importance of matching the right carer to my clients and encouraging independence for each client as well as support and advice. I used this knowledge in my role as a Booking Coordinator and I feel it benefited myself as well as my clients. I have loved getting to know each and every client I have assisted, listening to their stories and being able to make them happy through finding a regular carer for them.

I then moved over to the Recruitment team in January 2017, for a change but also to learn more about various roles in the company. Again I used my knowledge as a support worker and as a Booking Coordinator in order to find suitable carers to join Christies Care. In recruitment I get to speak with carers from all over the UK as well as from other countries, getting to know them as individuals and being able to tell them with confidence the benefits of joining us due to our training and support.

I have always been fond of helping people and supporting them in any way I can. I love new challenges and learning about the ins and outs of the company.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, and friends and, when I get the chance, I enjoy drawing/painting and also doing photography.”

BERNADETTE HALLIGAN
BERNADETTE HALLIGANCompliance Co-ordinator

“I joined Christies Care in 2009 having moved from London where I worked as a PA in the electronics industry.

After spending over 7 years in the Bookings Department, working with the Topaz Team, I moved to the Recruitment Department in 2017. I enjoy my role as a Compliance Co-Ordinator and being part of team.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising, travelling, running and Formula One.

LUCY MITCHELL
LUCY MITCHELLRecruitment Co-ordinator

“Hi, my name is Lucy. I joined Christies Care in February 2018 as an Apprentice Compliance Co- coordinator before becoming a Recruitment Co-ordinator in January 2019.

My role is to ensure that all the people that are accepted adhere to industry regulations and have the potential to be great carers. I love getting to know people whilst I process their application.

I find my role especially rewarding when I get to meet the carers during induction training.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and going out with friends.”

HANA MITCHELL
HANA MITCHELLCompliance Administrator

“Hi I’m Hana. I joined Christies Care in July 2018 as an Apprentice Compliance Administrator.

My role is to make sure every application is up to date and to keep in touch with the applicants.

I love chatting with the applicants and helping them towards the next level of becoming a carer with us.

In my spare time I love going out to new places with my friends and family and experiencing new things.”

REBEKAH WILLIAMS
REBEKAH WILLIAMSCompliance Co-ordinator

“Hello, I’m Rebekah. I joined Christies Care in April 2016.

I have enjoyed learning all of the processes that take place from start to finish when recruiting carers; making sure they have the skills our clients need; supporting them with what they need to process their applications and ensuring they feel welcomed. I look forward to meeting all the carers when they arrive for their induction and training.

Previously, I was a Support Worker so know what it is like to provide care and support to people and how very rewarding a job it is.

In my own time I enjoy painting, taking my dogs for walks and volunteering at a local youth centre.”

SOPHIE EMMERSON
SOPHIE EMMERSONDeputy Recruitment Manager

“Hello! I’m Sophie and I have been Deputy Recruitment Manager at Christies Care since January 2017. I first started in the company in June 2014 as a Recruitment Co-ordinator and have remained in the department since. What I enjoy most about my role is meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life and helping them to attain their dream job.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends, eating out (as much food and as often as possible!!) and attending my local pub quiz. I am also a massive fan of any TV documentaries about the police or border force.”

CAMERON CAMPBELL
CAMERON CAMPBELLRecruitment Co-ordinator

“Hello! I’m Cameron. I joined the Recruitment team for Christies Care in September 2017.

I conduct the initial interviews with the carers from all around the world, I love talking to new people every day and starting a wonderful relationship with Christies Care and the carers.

Before joining Christies I worked in the social care sector recruiting social workers across the country.

When I’m not working, I enjoying spending time with my son, finding excuses not to go to the gym and always looking for a quirky place to grab some food and a pint.”

LEE ANDREWS
LEE ANDREWSRecruitment Co-ordinator
“Hi, my name is Lee. I joined Christies Care in August 2018 as a Recruitment Co-ordinator.

I have 6 years recruitment experience from when I lived in Essex. I moved here 2 years ago and am enjoying my new life in the East of England!

Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my family and walking my 2 dogs (along the seafront is our favourite place to be)!”

KIRSTY MARSHALL
KIRSTY MARSHALLCompliance Co-ordinator

“I joined Christies Care in July 2015, where I started as a ‘Booking Coordinator’. My role consisted of finding suitable carers for our clients, updating care plans and providing general support for my clients.

Due to previously being a support worker, I understood the importance of matching the right carer to my clients and encouraging independence for each client as well as support and advice. I used this knowledge in my role as a Booking Coordinator and I feel it benefited myself as well as my clients. I have loved getting to know each and every client I have assisted, listening to their stories and being able to make them happy through finding a regular carer for them.

I then moved over to the Recruitment team in January 2017, for a change but also to learn more about various roles in the company. Again I used my knowledge as a support worker and as a Booking Coordinator in order to find suitable carers to join Christies Care. In recruitment I get to speak with carers from all over the UK as well as from other countries, getting to know them as individuals and being able to tell them with confidence the benefits of joining us due to our training and support.

I have always been fond of helping people and supporting them in any way I can. I love new challenges and learning about the ins and outs of the company.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, and friends and, when I get the chance, I enjoy drawing/painting and also doing photography.”

BERNADETTE HALLIGAN
BERNADETTE HALLIGANCompliance Co-ordinator

“I joined Christies Care in 2009 having moved from London where I worked as a PA in the electronics industry.

After spending over 7 years in the Bookings Department, working with the Topaz Team, I moved to the Recruitment Department in 2017. I enjoy my role as a Compliance Co-Ordinator and being part of team.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising, travelling, running and Formula One.

LUCY MITCHELL
LUCY MITCHELLRecruitment Co-ordinator

“Hi, my name is Lucy. I joined Christies Care in February 2018 as an Apprentice Compliance Co- coordinator before becoming a Recruitment Co-ordinator in January 2019.

My role is to ensure that all the people that are accepted adhere to industry regulations and have the potential to be great carers. I love getting to know people whilst I process their application.

I find my role especially rewarding when I get to meet the carers during induction training.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and going out with friends.”

HANA MITCHELL
HANA MITCHELLCompliance Administrator

“Hi I’m Hana. I joined Christies Care in July 2018 as an Apprentice Compliance Administrator.

My role is to make sure every application is up to date and to keep in touch with the applicants.

I love chatting with the applicants and helping them towards the next level of becoming a carer with us.

In my spare time I love going out to new places with my friends and family and experiencing new things.”

REBEKAH WILLIAMS
REBEKAH WILLIAMSCompliance Co-ordinator

“Hello, I’m Rebekah. I joined Christies Care in April 2016.

I have enjoyed learning all of the processes that take place from start to finish when recruiting carers; making sure they have the skills our clients need; supporting them with what they need to process their applications and ensuring they feel welcomed. I look forward to meeting all the carers when they arrive for their induction and training.

Previously, I was a Support Worker so know what it is like to provide care and support to people and how very rewarding a job it is.

In my own time I enjoy painting, taking my dogs for walks and volunteering at a local youth centre.”

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