As a specialist provider of inpatient and residential services, we believe it takes very special people to look after those in our care.
The people who work in our services do something extraordinary every day. They are part of a team that make a difference to the lives of children and adults with complex needs such as mental health conditions, learning difficulties or brain injuries.
Whilst recovery and rehabilitation are the ultimate aim for the majority of our patients, for some this simply may not be possible. What makes Huntercombe a special place to work is that we create an environment that ensures that the individuals working in our services are able to support and enable every single person in our care to achieve what is possible for them.
In turn, we ensure that the people delivering our services feel part of our Huntercombe family and are given the same support and encouragement we expect them to offer our patients; day in, day out. There’s a real sense of “being in it together” with everybody, not just our clinical teams, working together to enable our patients and residents to be the best they can.
We have sites across Scotland and England and once you’re part of our Huntercombe family we will help you find a new role or opportunity at one of our services should you need to relocate or wish to progress. Furthermore, we’ll also help you to work out the best work/home balance for your situation and are always happy to explore more flexible working opportunities with you.
In addition to all of the benefits and training and development opportunities that you would expect, we’re constantly seeking ways to ensure that every single individual in our teams is happy, fulfilled and equipped to help us to innovate and continue to provide the best care possible; achieving and believing together.
I never had any experience in care before
I have worked with the Huntercombe group for nearly 2 and half years now. Starting this role was a brand new challenge for me as I never had any experience in care before. I found the two week induction very helpful which has provided me with the knowledge required to work with my resident. My job role as support worker can be very rewarding although at times it can be challenging. I feel my input and support makes an important difference to my resident. I have been fortunate enough to build up a great working relationship with my resident over the time I have been in this role. I enjoy being part of a great team where they would give…
It gives me great satisfaction to think what I can offer to our residents to make their days a little better
I have worked at Moorpark for over 15 years. There has been many challenges but I am pleased to say I love my job and it gives me great satisfaction to think what I can offer to our residents to make their days a little better. The training that is offered at Moorpark is amazing and you have opportunities to take up extra training within the company if required. You receive support from the management team, your own staff team and the Multi-Disciplinary Team to help you give the best care for each resident you work with. It gives me great pleasure to come to work knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life.
It’s a really amazing feeling when you see a resident achieve their goals and you know you’ve played a part in it
I have worked at Redbourne for 15 years now. I initially joined as a Support Worker and thanks to the training and support I received from the team here, 18 months later I started my current role as a Senior Nursing Assistant. I love this role as it allows me to continually develop and use my skills. Working at Redbourne can be so rewarding – it’s a really amazing feeling when you see a resident achieve their goals and you know you’ve played a part in it. I had one resident who when she joined us at Redbourne was unable to leave the centre on her own or do pretty much anything for herself. It took a lot of baby…
The support I have received in the past 5+ years working for the Huntercombe Group has truly been phenomenal
I cannot thank Cedar House enough for the continuous support, encouragement and overall positive impact that they have had on my life, through the tough times and the great times. I will be forever grateful for the endless opportunities that I have been able to involve myself in, from our hospital director allowing me to fundraise and hire an entire farm of animals for our patients at Christmas time, to going to university to do my mental health nursing degree, the possibilities are endless and the support I have received in the past 5+ years of working for the Huntercombe group has truly been phenomenal. I am forever encouraging my friends and family to come and work for the Huntercombe…
We all want what’s best for our residents – we don’t look upon Redbourne as our place of work but as their home
I had worked in a pharmacy for 19 years but decided I wanted a complete change so I joined Redbourne as a Support Worker. After a year I decided to apply for the administrator role for which I received training. All my colleagues were really pleased for me and were very patient and understanding while I learnt my new role. My day-to-day jobs range from residents’ monies, petty cash and invoicing to staff wages, HR and recruitment. There are always opportunities to learn and develop new skills at Huntercombe. I took on the role of Comms Champion for Redbourne, which involves sharing some of the fun activities we get up to at Redbourne to share widely across the Group and…
Conversation into Action
At Huntercombe we recognise that as well as listening to our patients and residents, it is also important to listen to our staff. We genuinely value suggestions from our people as to where and how we can improve our services. Our Conversation into Action programme provides staff with the opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions as to what we can do better for our patients and residents. It is about sharing stories across the group, prompting new ideas and celebrating successes.
When we initially launched the programme in February 2015 we invited staff from all levels and roles at all our sites to “join the Conversation” and talk openly about what matters to them and what changes would be beneficial to patients, residents, families and staff. Our Conversation into Action programmes has now evolved to include several initiatives but we continue to ask our staff either through formal staff surveys or more commonly through one-to-one or group conversations what they think and we encourage everyone to get involved.
Just Culture is an approach being used by NHS Improvement (NHSI) and one which we have adopted at Huntercombe. This approach recognises that as we’re humans we’re all capable of making mistakes at work. Just Culture encourages a culture whereby staff feel empowered and confident about speaking up about mistakes. We want our people to feel supported in identifying mistakes so we can learn and ensure the same mistake is never repeated. Better still is if we can create a culture where staff speak out before a mistake even happens.