“I would always give Christies top marks. Other agencies do not provide the same level of training or support.”

“I would always give Christies top marks. Other agencies do not provide the same level of training or support.”

“I would always give Christies top marks. Other agencies do not provide the same level of training or support.”

Training to be a live-in home carer

To be a good carer, you need to be well trained. We take training very seriously at Christies Care. We invest upwards of £250,000 a year into training carers. We have our own in-house, award-winning training team, who take every potential carer through a two week residential induction course and through a two-day update every year after that.

Training doesn’t stop there. We have in-depth courses to train carers to be able to care for clients with specific conditions. So if a carer shows an aptitude to work for clients with dementia, they’ll go on our 2 day residential and 10 unit distance-learning dementia course.

Need help or advice from someone who knows what they are talking about? Ask the training team. Carers do all the time. So do our clients.

The trainers welcome it; having contact with real-world situations improves the training they give. The trainers are qualified to give advice on most aspects of care and know who else to recommend if they can’t help.

The most important part of training is that the carers are always taught to "put yourself in your client's shoes."

Award-winning 2 week Induction Training

Our Induction training is something that makes us stand out from the rest of the care providers in the UK. Our training team are award winning and we invest upwards of £250,000 a year in our training programme. When you have successfully passed your telephone interview we will invite you to attend our free, 2 week residential training course.

It is important to our clients that we are able to introduce well-trained carers to them, so all of our carers must go through the training and pass all of the tests. The induction training is designed to give everyone a basic understanding of care and help you feel confident in your first few jobs. Every member of office staff has also been through the training, so we know what it feels like first hand.

“I've said before the training is excellent. I've trained and worked with various care agencies and Christies Care offer a far broader approach to training and support which probably isn't fully appreciated until it’s unavailable.”

Stephen Cotter, Christies Carer

“We train carers to ask themselves:

“What would I want if I were in my client’s place?””

Freddy Gathorne-Hardy, Managing Director of Christies Care

All carers also come back every year for a 2-day update to their training. This is just as important to keep your skills and knowledge refreshed and up to date. You will be expected to pass some more tests in order to carry on working to your full capacity. During your update we will also talk to you about how things are going, make sure everything is going well and you are happy.

Of course we don’t expect you to go all year without any contact. As well as your carer support team the training team are available if you have questions or concerns and they will happily take your call or call you back. We also run a range of condition specific training courses throughout the year, allowing you to gain deeper knowledge in some of the conditions that your clients may have.

What does our induction training cover?

  • Payments, National insurance, taxes, self-assessment.

  • How Christies Care operates

  • Medication including practical & theory assessments

  • Safeguarding including theory assessment

  • Health & Safety

  • End of life care

  • Safer People Moving & Handling including practical & theory assessments

  • Bed Bath & Dressing

  • Pressure sores, avoidance and care

  • Equipment/facilities for those with a disability

  • Continence Management

  • Disability Awareness

  • Fluids & Nutrition

  • Infection Prevention, Control & theory assessment

  • Food Hygiene including theory assessment

  • Dementia

  • Conflict Management, Dealing with Stress and Philosophy of Values

  • Emergency First Aid

  • Learning Disabilities & Autistic Spectrum Disorders

How to get the best out of your training

Many of you will travel a long way to come and train to be a carer with Christies. You are making an investment in your future and it makes sense that you do your best to get as much out of these 2 weeks as you can.

We recently had a particularly excellent group of recruits through our induction training which has been lovely.  All groups bring something different to the table so I asked the training and recruitment teams to give some tips for those of you coming to training, or thinking of applying, how to get the best out of your 2 weeks.

“They've been so eager to learn.”

BE KEEN TO LEARN

Come to induction open to learning as much as you can. You won't go far wrong! The training is interesting, engaging & fun. It’s even better if you're keen to get as much out of it as possible.

“They asked loads of pertinent questions throughout, keeping us on our toes.”

BE INQUISITIVE

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. Asking questions will make you a better carer and help our trainers to improve. If you don’t understand something never be afraid to ask. It will help you get the best out of your training.

“We even found them, several times, sitting in the training room ready to go”

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

It’s an exciting time. You’re embarking on a new career, either learning a new skill or building on previous knowledge. If you’re enthusiastic you’ll have a great week.

“They have bonded amazingly well, encouraging & supporting each other.”

BE FRIENDLY

You’re all in the same boat. You’ll learn together, supporting each other through the training, tests and time away from home. A big part of your support network, you’ll see them each year at update training.

“They all have lovely natures about them with a great sense of humour”

HAVE FUN

The things you’ll be learning about are serious and important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun whilst you are learning. In fact it’s encouraged! Laugh a lot and you’ll enjoy training and retain more information too.

“They've been so eager to learn.”

BE KEEN TO LEARN

Come to induction open to learning as much as you can. You won't go far wrong! The training is interesting, engaging & fun. It’s even better if you're keen to get as much out of it as possible.

“They asked loads of pertinent questions throughout, keeping us on our toes.”

BE INQUISITIVE

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. Asking questions will make you a better carer and help our trainers to improve. If you don’t understand something never be afraid to ask. It will help you get the best out of your training.

“We even found them, several times, sitting in the training room ready to go”

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

It’s an exciting time. You’re embarking on a new career, either learning a new skill or building on previous knowledge. If you’re enthusiastic you’ll have a great week.

“They have bonded amazingly well, encouraging & supporting each other.”

BE FRIENDLY

You’re all in the same boat. You’ll learn together, supporting each other through the training, tests and time away from home. A big part of your support network, you’ll see them each year at update training.

“They all have lovely natures about them with a great sense of humour”

HAVE FUN

The things you’ll be learning about are serious and important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun whilst you are learning. In fact it’s encouraged! Laugh a lot and you’ll enjoy training and retain more information too.

“They've been so eager to learn.”

BE KEEN TO LEARN

Come to induction open to learning as much as you can. You won't go far wrong! The training is interesting, engaging & fun. It’s even better if you're keen to get as much out of it as possible.

“They asked loads of pertinent questions throughout, keeping us on our toes.”

BE INQUISITIVE

There’s no such thing as a stupid question. Asking questions will make you a better carer and help our trainers to improve. If you don’t understand something never be afraid to ask. It will help you get the best out of your training.

“We even found them, several times, sitting in the training room ready to go”

BE ENTHUSIASTIC

It’s an exciting time. You’re embarking on a new career, either learning a new skill or building on previous knowledge. If you’re enthusiastic you’ll have a great week.

“They have bonded amazingly well, encouraging & supporting each other.”

BE FRIENDLY

You’re all in the same boat. You’ll learn together, supporting each other through the training, tests and time away from home. A big part of your support network, you’ll see them each year at update training.