What are the benefits for working for Homecare Independent Living (HCIL)?
HCIL has positioned itself as 'The Employer of Choice' in the domiciliary Care Sector. We have introduced many industry leading Care Assistant initiatives (click here for more details) including guaranteed hours contracts. HCIL has created an organisation where the employees are empowered to take control of their destiny, to create and sustain a future for themselves and people in need of their care, in their local communities.
Who are our customers (clients)?
The majority of our clients are elderly; we also care for people with learning or physical disabilities and those who are recovering from injury. We also provide care and support to children and their families.
What is domiciliary care?
Domiciliary care involves our Care Assistants working in locally based teams, visiting a client's home on an agreed schedule to support them and provide the care that they need - this can include personal care, help with dressing and general household tasks.â€¨ The care provided will depend on the client’s needs and the agreed care plan, which can range from practical support around the home to intensive continuing care.
Which areas of Ireland do you cover?
We are one of the largest providers in Ireland with offices in Armagh, Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Coleraine, Magherafelt, Ballymena, Newtownabbey and Dundalk, with Care Teams spread right across the surrounding areas. Click here for current vacancies
Do I need experience / qualifications to apply?
Northern Ireland - Experience is not necessary, full training will be provided, resulting in a QCF Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Republic of Ireland - One year's experience or working towards QQI level 5 in Health care or equivalent.
What's most important to us is that you have the right personality. You need to be caring, patient, hardworking, reliable, and enjoy making people feel valued. Working together in a team providing the best care possible to your clients.
We are a caring employer and are committed to developing, nurturing and rewarding our people.
Do I receive any training before I start working as a Care Assistant?
Yes, you will receive classroom training from our Award-Winning training team. You will then complete shadowing in the community alongside experienced care assistants before starting work. You will be supported for your first 3 months through a mentoring programme with your Community Manager, who will provide you with support and guidance until you are fully trained and confident.
What is expected of me as a care assistant?
As a Care Assistants at HCIL you will be part of a locally based team working together to provide the best care possible to your clients. Our care assistants are given the responsibility and autonomy to provide care to their clients 365 days a year, 7 days a week, supported by their team and their community based manager. Being part of HCIL 'the Employer of Choice' team, you will provide quality care, putting the client at the heart of all that you do. Click here for more details.
Do you offer guaranteed hours' contracts?
As the employer of choice, we understand the importance of job security. Therefore, we are the first 'care in the community' provider to offer all of our Care Assistants a guaranteed hours contract, with a weekly minimum of 16 hours' work.
What is the hourly rate of pay?
The hourly rate of pay that we offer will vary depending on location. Please contact our Recruitment Department for more details:
NI - Freephone 0800 542 3276, ROI - 042 932 4688
How many days holiday / annual leave will I get?
Northern Ireland (NI) – You will be entitled to 28 days' annual leave per year including bank holidays, this will be on a pro-rota basis depending on the number of hours you work.
Republic of Ireland (ROI) – You will be entitled to 20 days' annual leave per year plus bank holidays, this will be on a pro-rota basis depending on the number of hours you work.
What is Access NI/Garda Clearance? Will I need one? And how do I get one?
(NI) – Access NI is a governing body that carries out checks to show whether people who want to work in certain types of jobs, for example with children and or vulnerable adults, have a criminal record or if other important information is known about them. Everyone joining our award-winning team must complete this check. This is processed online prior to starting through the Access NI website – full details given prior to interview stage.
(ROI) – Due to the nature of the work and legal requirements, all care assistants who work with us will be Garda Vetted prior to starting. This is processed online prior to starting and full details will be given at interview stage.
What hours will I work?
Your hours of work will depend on you, your availability and the availability within your team. You will work as part of a locally based team working closely together to cover and support each other to ensure we provide a quality service to our clients.
What are the opportunities for career progression?
HCIL is a leading provider within the Health and Social Care sector that is continually growing and expanding creating strong career pathways for its employees.
Will I be able to get to know the clients I care for?
Yes, you will be working as part of a locally based team, providing good quality care to those clients in your local community who are vulnerable and in need of care, but we ask that you maintain a professional boundary while working with clients.
Will I be visiting clients who are a different gender / ethnic background / religion to me?
Yes. We provide care and support to people of all gender groups, ethnic backgrounds and religions.
iCare, what is this?
iCare is a charity, which was set up in 2010 by the staff of Homecare Independent Living. Its aim is to deliver acts of kindness in communities across Ireland. The Charity is run by the iCare committee who volunteer their time to raise money through fundraising activities to help people in the community. Click here for more information.
Car - Do I have access to a Homecare car or do I have to use my own car?
If you would like to work as a full-time care assistant and do not have access to a car, you can join our affordable car rental scheme, some terms and conditions apply.
What is NISCC and do I need to be registered?
NISCC is the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. If you are a care assistant working in Northern Ireland you are required to be registered with NISCC prior to commencement of work as a care assistant, which requires payment of an annual fee. If you are already registered when joining HCIL you do not need to re-register, all we need is a copy of your certificate as proof of registration. If you are not registered, the process to get registered is very simply, all you need to do is log into www.hcil.com/recruitment and follow the easy step by step guidelines.
Why work for us?
- Competitive rates of pay
- Enhanced NVQ rates
- Car rental scheme
- Free transport (In most areas)
- Free award winning training
- Work on your own or as part of a team
- Full time & flexible working opportunities available
- Free staff counselling service
- Childcare initiatives
- Recruitment bonuses
- Career development opportunities in a growing sector
- Opportunities to share in the companies charitable initiatives