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Eastbourne Road, Polegate, East Sussex ,BN26 5HB

Tel: 01323 483613

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Careers at BBCH

Bernhard Baron Cottage Homes is extremely proud of its staff and we always aim to treat them well. In return, the average length of service at BBCH is over 5 years and the longest-serving member of staff has been here for 30 years.

Of course, people come and people go, so from time to time, we do look for new members of staff in other areas. If you are interested in working for BBCH, please click here for an application form, which we will happily keep on file for when an appropriate job comes up. In the meantime, we will keep you informed about what is going on at the Homes and we would welcome you at our coffee mornings and summer fayre.

Current Job Vacancies

Senior Carer

Senior Carer

November 2019 

Accountable to: Care Manager

Aim of Homes: To help Residents to enjoy life to the full, have peace of mind and a sense of security in familiar surroundings in their closing years. This is the Residents' home and this must always be remembered. 

Purpose of the position: At BBCH we pride ourselves in providing the highest standards of care in a clean, safe and stimulating environment.

The care team is central to this as it ensures we provide a caring situation offering all physical and stimulatory assistance, ensuring well being and comfort to all Residents, treating Residents as individuals and promoting independence. 

Senior Carer Duties: As Senior Carer you organise and supervise the daily routines of the care staff. Central to every member of staff’s role is to assist the team in their duties, both within the care team as well as other members of staff.

Specific duties within the care team include: 

● Help Residents with daily living tasks, promoting independence and individuality 

● Be a Key Worker to a named group of Residents 

● Assist Residents with personal hygiene requirements e.g. getting up and getting ready for bed, bathing, washing, dressing/undressing, toileting, nail care 

● Give holistic care and carry out duties as instructed by Senior Staff or members of the Primary Health Care Team (GPs and Nurses). 

● Actively participate in handovers and ensure that the information given is relevant, accurate and sufficient to enable others to carry out their duties. 

There is an expectation that Seniors will take on a ‘Lead’ role for a specific area within the Homes. For example Mental Health, Infection Control, Continence etc. 

As Senior you will also be responsible for administering and signing for medication at prescribed times, carrying out daily and weekly audits, ensuring care plans are kept up to date including daily notes, securing the Homes in the evening and communicating with your colleagues and management about any issues which may arise.

You are the most senior person in the Homes when there is no manager on duty and you will take responsibility for Homes in the event of a fire or other calamity. 

Residents will defer to you as the Senior and you will set an example to all members of staff and assist in their personal development.

This includes arriving at the Homes with sufficient time to get changed and be completely prepared for the shift at the appointment starting time. 

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of your duties and you may be asked to perform any reasonable duty which helps the Homes achieve its aims. There is no such thing as “this is not my job”. 

Personal: Your personal presentation is important, so we have summarised some key points: 

● Take care of your appearance 

● Wear uniform as required, flat closed toe shoes, no jewellery (with the exception of flat band rings and stud piercings) minimum make-up may be worn, hair to be neat and tied back if long, nails to be kept short and no nail polish. 

● Personal Protective clothing (PPE) is provided for dealing with personal care tasks and bodily fluids and you are expected to use it and to ensure that others do the same. 

● Understand the importance of keeping fit and healthy 

● Promote a high standard of personal hygiene and behaviour. Working well with other staff in our care team. 


1. Care is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you will be required to attend on weekends or bank holidays. You will always have four days off each fortnight.

2. You will be expected to participate in Homes fund raising activities such as the Summer, Christmas and Easter Fayres. If these fall outside normal working hours you are still expected to actively participate without remuneration (no more than 3 times a year).

3. You will ensure the highest Health and Safety standards are maintained at all times for yourself, the Residents and other staff or visitors.

4. Keep motivated, attend staff meetings, training courses and supervisions as required. 5. Comply with all Homes policies and procedures. Be polite and courteous to Residents, 

relatives, colleagues and visitors to the Homes.

6. Take on any task reasonably requested whether it fits into your job description or not. Be prepared to give a little more than is always required. 


You will be expected to work 35 hours per week spread over 5 days on a rota including early and late shifts, weekends and bank holidays. You will be provided with a fixed rota, though this may change from time to time as staffing requirements change. 

You are expected to report for duty 10 minutes before the specified time, in a fit condition to carry out all required duties. 

Person specification: 

Knowledge and experience:

Experience of working in a care home or similar environment: essential Understanding of Person-Centred care: essential

An awareness of CQC regulations:essential

Experience of working with Residents with dementia: desirable 

Skills and attributes:

Willingness to take and complete the care certificate within 12 weeks: desirable

NVQ2 or willingness to work towards: desirable 

Job description

NVQ3 or willingness to work towards: desirable

Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and different staff teams: essential

Effective communication skills, verbal and written: essential

Planning, admin and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload effectively: essential 

Affinity with IT systems: desirable

Understanding issues of confidentiality : essential

Understanding and awareness of the needs of the elderly. essential 

We offer: 

● 50% enhancements on weekends and bank holidays 

● Free training and paid training time 

● 10% pension contribution by the employer 

● Free coffee, tea and meals 

● Paid breaks 

● Fixed rota patterns

Competitive Salary 

Closing date: Wednesday 4th December

If you are interested in this role please click here for an application form, 

or fill in one of the forms above and send to trudi@bbch.co.uk