Support Worker (Agency)

Great Pay. More Control Over Your Time. Love Your Lifestyle.

Support Worker (Agency)

Many carers will work both as a Support Worker and also as a Healthcare Assistant. We have lots of opportunities for great people to work in supported living environments here in the Southwest.

If you choose to join Ocean Healthcare you'll be working with a team of friendly people who are trying to do agency the right way. Friendly, caring and supportive crew trying to help you enjoy all the benefits of agency work. Great rates of pay....and you get to choose when and how much you work.

  • Full Time, Part Time and Top-Up Opportunities

  • Days, Nights, Weekends

  • Top-Rated Agency

  • Work when you want and how much you want to

Choosing who you work with and how you do that work is a big thing. Our recruiters are experts and will give you good support and advice. Let's have a chat! Click Register Your Interest if you'd like to set that up.

The benefits of working with Ocean Healthcare

Excellent Pay Rates
Guaranteed Hours
Agreed Mileage Payments
You Control When You Work
Full, Part Time And Top Up Hours Available
Free Uniform
Ongoing Training
Free DBS

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  • Who is Ocean Healthcare?

    Ocean Healthcare are a bunch of super friendly people who are committed to doing things right in the health and social care sector in the Southwest of the UK. There's about 50 of us working out of offices in Paignton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Barnstaple, Plymouth and Taunton.

    We are also about 400 great healthcare workers doing marvellous things in our Complex Care service or in our Agency Staffing Support business. We have been going since October 2013 and have become a top-rated Agency and one of the most well respected care providers in the areas in which we operate.

  • What is Agency?

    Agency is the commonly used term for part of our business which is also called Nursing Agency or Staffing Support Agency. This is the oldest and part of our business. Our customers are care establishments throughout the Southwest (mainly within commutable distance from one of our offices). We provide them with staffing support in the form of Healthcare Assistants, Support Workers and Nurses. They will contact us with one or more shifts that they need to be filled and try to fill those shifts with high calibre, reliable people who have the right skills the client is looking for.

    For Healthcare workers we provide flexible work opportunities to work in a variety of care settings. Most people who work in our Agency do so because they want to enjoy the benefits of flexible working, great rates of pay and not having to be in the same place all the time. Agency workers get to choose to work a lot or a little and the dates/times that suit them.

  • Are Ocean Healthcare any good?

    Good question! We think so! We do our best to make sure that everyone who works with Ocean Healthcare is Happier as a result. Happiness is a major thing for us at Ocean Healthcare. We believe healthy things grow naturally and that relationships are at the heart of everything we do. Of course, we are just ordinary people so occasionally we mess up. However, we are a team of highly committed and friendly people who are trying hard to put a bit of goodness back into our part of the world.

    To understand whether we're any good though you should probably ask people other than us. Check out our reviews on Google and Facebook and wherever good people leave reviews. Last time we checked they were looking pretty good!

  • Why should I choose to work with Ocean Healthcare?

    Now that is an excellent question! We'd be really pleased to explore whether Ocean Healthcare is the right place for you or not. We truly believe that healthy things grow naturally and we want to help everyone grow as a person. For many Ocean Healthcare is exactly the right place for that and for others we might recommend a different path. Some of the things we think are highlights include:

    • We are a cool bunch of friendly people who know what we're doing.

    • You'll earn among the best rates of pay available in the care sector.

    • Our training team are superb! You'll have lots of opportunities to develop if you want to.

    • Your Happiness and that of everyone who works with us is a big priority.

  • What is our philosophy?

    Our philosophy is Live Happy Care Well.

    We believe that great care is only consistently delivered by people who are in a good place themselves and cared for by the people they work with and the organisation they work for. Great care is important because the vulnerable people at the receiving end of that care deserve it. So we owe it to them to make sure we're in a good place as people ourselves. Let's focus on our Happiness and that of the people around us. Let's do that together. It's kind of really important :)

  • Do I need care experience to apply?

    For HCAs and Support Workers, you will need a minimum of six months experience working in an employed care position before you can join our Agency. It is essential that people who work for Ocean Healthcare can hit the ground running when we send them to our clients. As part of your interview with us your experience and understanding of care will be assessed. We find that anyone with less than six months experience is not usually able to demonstrate sufficient competence in care that would enable us to confidently send them to our clients.

    Nurses applying to us must clearly be qualified and hold a valid PIN. They must also be sufficiently experienced and confident to be the person in charge at the establishments we send them to. All of our nurses are supported by our Lead Nurse.

  • What is the difference between Complex Care and Agency?

    While both require superb carers, there's a lot of difference between working in our Agency and working in Complex Care....although some do both! The type of care, how and where it is delivered and the key reasons for choosing either option are quite different. If you are an experienced carer, you may be able to choose either option. Our expert recruiters can help you determine which path is best for you. Get in touch if you'd like to talk things through.

    Complex Care is a nurse-led CQC-registered care service for people of all ages, mainly in their homes. Shifts can be anything between 4-12 hours. You would normally work consistently with one or more of our service users on a fixed rota. Although you would be part of a care team, you would often be working on your own or with one other person. You would be supported by a Care Team Manager and our Nurse Team. Complex Care has opportunities for Carers and Support Workers in working with different types of service user.

    Our Agency (also known as Nursing Agency) suits experienced healthcare workers ( HCAs, Support Workers and Nurses) who want to be able to work flexibly. Working to a fixed rota can be constraining and often doesn't work with family and social life very well. Also, if you want to increase or decrease the amount you work/earn, it is very easy to do that on an instant basis with Agency which permanent jobs (including our own Complex Care service) do not allow. As an Agency worker, you will be sent to work for our clients who are establishment-based care providers. You will be working under their direction and supervision and working in their establishments. These establishments might be care homes, supported living locations, hospices and private hospitals. Most members of our Agency end up with a small portfolio of client locations that they work in regularly and a wider group they work in less often. As well as amazing flexibility, another fab benefit of Agency is that you enjoy working in a variety of locations. If you get bored or want a change you can simply do that by talking with our team. You won't get stuck in a particular location if you don't want to. Along with great pay, you really can construct your ideal lifestyle working in Agency.

  • Do Ocean Healthcare pay mileage

    Yes. You will be able to claim at a rate per mile for locations we send you to. Normally you have to cover the first few miles yourself and Ocean Healthcare will pay you for every mile after that. Mileage rates can change, but we tend to be pretty generous. Mileage is claimed with your weekly timesheet.

  • What documents will I need to apply?

    If you complete the Register Your Interest form we will be in touch with everything you need to apply to work with Ocean Healthcare. The button for this form can be found at the top of this web page. By law we are required to check your Right to Work in the UK and confirm your identity. These documents include: Passport, Resident Permit, Full Birth Certificate (also need your National Insurance number), Biometric Immigration Document, Certificate of Registration or Naturalisation. We will also need a valid DBS on the Update Service OR a new DBS will be needed as part of your application.

  • What training is involved in Agency?

    It is important that you are competent and confident to provide the type of care required. In Agency you will need to have sufficient experience before joining us to do that. There will not be any instructional training to get you going. You will need to be up to date with the standard training everyone has to do to work in care in this country including Safeguarding, Autism Awarenes etc. We will make these training course available to you if you do not have valid and update to date certificates (less than 12 months). You will be required to do a classroom-based Moving & Handling Refresher course (unless you have a valid equivalent certificate).

    There are also opportunities for continued development training with Ocean Healthcare. If you would like to get involved in some more specialist areas of care we have training options to support that. For more details please speak with one of our amazing Recruiters.

  • Can I fit work around school hours?

    It is not possible to work in our Agency business around school hours unless you're prepared and able to work nights. Although the work is highly flexible, most of our clients require shifts that are either earlies, lates, long days or nights. Apart from nights, these would conflict with most school hours. We're happy to explore whether the hours you have available to work fit with what we have available. Just get in touch

  • How flexible do I need to be?

    In Agency the more flexible you are in terms of where and when you can work, the more likely we will be able to give you the amount and type of work you want in the locations you prefer. Of course everyone's circumstances are different. To get a better idea of how working with Ocean Healthcare might pan out for you, we recommend having a chat with one of our expert Recruiters. They will absolutely help you to make the right choice for you.

  • How are shifts allocated in Agency?

    How you receive your shifts and when is important. In our Agency we have a scheduling App which you will need to have can have on your smart phone. You will be able to provide your availability on this App. It is very important that you honour the availability you have provided or update it if you want to change it. We otherwise rely on this availability to find and book shifts for you. You will be able to see which shifts have been allocated to you along with information about the start/finish times and location along with other key information about where you are going. Before you start working with us we will have discussed what your preferences are. We will do our very best to work within those parameters. Many shifts will be booked a week or more in advance. The nature of Agency work is that much of it will be short notice. This is why we need you to update any changes to your availability. You will want to be confident that you will get enough of the right type of work in the right locations for you before joining us. Everyone's circumstances are different. We will be absolutely transparent and realistic about what you and your circumstances are likely to mean for you working with Ocean Healthcare. Our Recruiters are experts in this and you will find them very helpful and friendly. Feel free to get in touch for an informal chat.

  • What happens if I don't like where you send me?

    Working with our Agency it is easy to simply state that you did not like it somewhere and we will not send you back there again. Just call or message us and we will do what is needed. The only thing to consider is that the more places you are not willing to go to, the more restrictions you put on where you can go to. Obvious right?! It's always best to talk to us so that you can understand fully the implications of cutting off options.

  • What are the pay rates?

    Ocean Healthcare are known for paying well. You will receive among the best pay rates in the sector when you work with us. The pay rates can vary based on a number of things. You will find details of some of the pay rates within the specific opportunities we have available here on this website. Visit the 'Opportunities' page for specific information. We will also be happy to share pay rates if you contact us.

  • Are my hours guaranteed?

    If guaranteed hours are important to you then you should discuss this along with everything else that is important to you with our recruiters. Every situation is different and our amazing recruiters will be able to tell you what is realistic. In Agency typically hours are not guaranteed, but in some circumstances we might be able to do so. If want to work in Agency but need proof of guaranteed hours to support a mortgage for instance, give us a call. We'll talk through what's possible.

  • How and when do I get paid?

    We have the best Accounts Teams in the world! There are very few mistakes in our team and you'll find them easy to contact and resolve things if something does go wrong. All frontline care workers in both Agency and Complex Care will receive payments into their accounts weekly by the Friday of the following week. Any shifts completed during a full Monday-Sunday week are paid the next Friday. The only exceptions are connected to Bank Holidays (particularly Christmas) when we will notify you of changes to payment dates.

  • What happens during the recruitment process?

    From the moment you start the recruitment process you will feel like you're dealing with friendly, honest and helpful people. Our aim is that everyone is Happier with Ocean Healthcare. Normally we will speak to you initially on the phone to make sure that an interview will be a good investment of time for you and for us. During the interview we will ask you a number of questions to make sure we understand what you're looking for and that Ocean Healthcare is going to be a good fit for you and vice versa. We will also ask you some questions to ensure your experience is a match for what we need. You should also ask questions to make sure you're comfortable with how everything will work. Following the interview there will probably be some online and classroom training for you to do. You will then be invited to attend Registration where you will be given a contract to sign and receive an induction on how everything works. The next stage would be to arrange an interview in one of our branches. For further details on our recruitment process and to see one of our team explain the process visit our web page here.

  • How long does recruitment take?

    Excellent question! …but it depends. In Agency, the process typically takes 7-10 days from the time we speak to you initially on the phone. It will take longer if you are unable to do your side of things (mainly training) quickly enough. Normally, you will need to allocate about 4 hours for online training (which you can do from home). You can literally be working for us immediately after you have registered if you are available to do so. In Complex Care, we can get you through the process in couple of weeks. However, it depends on a number of factors and this is something you can discuss with one of our Recruiters. We will agree with you when your contract will start and you will be paid from that point. There are so many different possibilities for how this could work that it's difficult to say what you should expect. Typically, someone who applies to work in Complex Care (who is available immediately) will be signed up and working within 2-4 weeks. Circumstances very a lot however, so please discuss this with one of our Recruiters.

  • What should I bring to the interview?

    When you have been invited to attend an interview in one of our offices you will be sent an email with details of everything you need to know, including what to bring, for your interview. This will include 2 forms of 'Proof of Address' (e.g. Bank Statement or Utility Bill), your ID (Driving Licence, Passport, Birth Certificate) and any other Right to Work information that might be required. It would also be helpful if you brought any valid (less than 12 months old) training certificates you have and any qualifications (e.g. NVQ/QCF) you have achieved.

  • How do I apply?

    The best way to start the recruitment process with Ocean Healthcare is to complete a Register Your Interest form on this website. Here's a link to that form. After completing the form we will very quickly be in touch with you (next working day) to schedule an initial telephone interview. You can schedule that initial telephone interview yourself here if you'd like to. There are lots of other ways you can apply to work with us too:

    Please let us know where you are located, what kind of experience you have and what you're looking for when you contact us. Thanks!

  • How far do I have to travel?

    In our Agency we mostly request that you are willing to travel up to 15 miles from where you live. The further you're willing to travel the more options you open up and vice versa. There are limited options in Agency for people who do not have access to transport. However, there are quite a few people who work with us successfully without their own transport. To be clear on how travel would apply in your situation it would be best for you to discuss what you're after and what you're happy to do with one of our helpful Recruiters. They will be able to explain what is realistic for you to expect.

  • What uniform is provided?

    In most instances you will need to wear a uniform. In Agency you will need to wear a tunic. The only exception is if you are a Support Worker. In many cases Support Workers are not required to wear any uniform. What to wear and expectations will be explained in latter parts of the recruitment process. Please note that we consider it good practice NOT to commute in your tunic and instead to change into it after arrival.

  • What do you mean by flexible hours?

    One of the main reasons people choose to work in Agency is because they want the flexibility to choose when and how much they work. You do not have to work a fixed rota. You can choose which days you work on a weekly basis. You can choose to work a routine that suits you or you can choose different days and amounts each week. You really get to choose when and how much you work. This is an amazing benefit and enables you to build your perfect lifestyle. You will need to provide your availability via the scheduling app we will give you once you have joined us. It is important that you update this availability if it changes. We will then book your work based on the availability you have provided. This could be full time, part time, nights, days, weekends or just top-up hours to give you extra income around your existing work commitments. In Agency, shift patterns are typically 0800-1400, 1400-2000, 0800-2000 or 2000-0800 with many variations close to this general pattern. In all instances, circumstances vary and we recommend you discuss what you're looking for with one of our friendly recruiters who can help you decide what is right for you.

  • Do you have opportunities for senior HCAs?

    In Agency, there are sometimes opportunities to work as a Senior HCA, but these are dependent on requests from our clients. While these opportunities do receive higher pay rates, there is unlikely to be sufficient opportunity for you to work entirely as a Senior in Agency. Get in touch to get more details on this.