Training, support and development
Our carers are vital to our success. Join us for a rewarding career and ongoing training
Our Induction Training
We are a family-run company with over thirty years’ experience in providing care to enable people to live independently at home. If there is one thing we know, it’s that a good carer can make a huge difference by living with or visiting their client regularly to provide, comfort, support, care and companionship.
Becoming a care provider is a very rewarding career for those people who possess the key attributes to be a good carer and it is very rewarding for us to be part of that journey, meeting, training and developing our carers and watching the strong relationships they form with our clients.
Our carers are vital to our success and good training is at the heart of what we do and why it works. Christies Care has received an Outstanding rating from the CQC for the second time for the quality of our care. This standard is only achieved by 3.5% of the UK’s care organisations so you can be confident that our award-winning training produces some of the best carers in the country.
Your 2-week residential programme
Our induction training is what makes us stand out from other care providers in the UK. Our award-winning training team are accredited with the Continuing Professional Development Service (CPD) and we invest over £250,000 per year in our training programme.
Many of our carers become firm friends during their stay and look forward to meeting up again when they return for their annual training refresher course.
We host our carers over a two-week period at our Runnel House headquarters, a purpose built practical training-centre in the East Suffolk market town of Saxmundham.
We offer free accommodation and breakfast during your two-week stay in our dedicated guest house with kitchen facilities. This gives you the opportunity to focus solely on your training and to meet members of our head office team and other carers who will be joining you on your journey as a Christies 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!”
The 2-week residential training is unique to the industry for a reason, we make sure you are fully trained with the knowledge and practical skills to enable you to care with confidence and support our clients at home. This knowledge cannot be imparted entirely online as many other care organisations do. Our induction training also gives us the opportunity to get to know each other. Whether you are completely new to care or have some prior experience, your time on the programme will ensure you learn everything you need to know in accordance with Christies Care’s policies and fully regulated service.
How do I apply to be a live in or hourly carer?
Your application begins with a telephone interview during which we have an in-depth chat about you, your experience and desire to become a carer and the tasks involved in this all-important role.
Upon successfully completing the telephone interview, your application is then passed to our friendly compliance team who will provide any support you need relating to obtaining your documents and references. Once we have secured the necessary documentation and security checks, you will be booked onto our 2 week induction training programme to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to provide care and take on your first client.
Training doesn’t stop there, we offer in-depth condition-specific training courses to enable carers to support clients with a wide range of care needs.
All our carers are required to complete and pass a 2-day update course each year to continue working to their full capacity. Throughout the year, you will receive advice and guidance from the training team and our dedicated carer support team who are on hand whenever you need help. Our trainers are qualified to give advice on most aspects of care and know who else to recommend if you need further help.
If you have the right attributes to become a Christies Carer, we can provide you with all the training you need to join our team of outstanding carers and make a positive impact on the lives of your clients and their loved ones.
Christies Care’s Induction and Update training have both been accredited by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Standards Office. This means that when we say our training is industry-leading, independent experts have verified this statement. And the independent experts audit us, so our standards have to be kept high.
What does our induction training cover?
How to get the best out of your training
BE KEEN TO LEARN – Come to induction training open to learning as much as you can. You won’t go far wrong! The training is interesting, engaging and fun.
BE INQUISITIVE – There’s no such thing as a pointless question. Asking questions will make you a better carer and we are here to listen and guide you. If you don’t understand something never be afraid to ask. Our training team want to hear and help you with all your questions and it will help you to get the best out of your training.
ENTHUSIASM – It’s an exciting time, you’re embarking on a new career, learning a new skill or building on previous knowledge.
FRIENDLY – You’re all in the same boat, supporting each other through training, tests and time away from home. Your fellow course members are likely to become a big part of your support network and you’ll continue to see each other every year during the update training.
HAVE FUN – The subject matter is serious and important but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun whilst learning. In fact, it’s encouraged, laugh a lot and you’ll enjoy training and retain more information too.