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Encore Care Home staff to receive a pay rise as thanks for dedication during pandemic

All staff across Encore Care Homes will receive a pay rise this month to show appreciation for their ongoing support during the pandemic.

Every individual team member within the Encore family, which includes Great Oaks in Bournemouth, Oakdale in Poole, Fairmile Grange in Christchurch and Hamble Heights in Fareham, will receive a boost to their pay packet in the form of a 5.7% payrise at the start of 2022. Encore frontline workers will see increases from £8.91 per hour to £9.50 for housekeepers, Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) will go up from £10.55 per hour to £11.15, and pay for Registered Nurses will go up from £20.49 per hour to £21.66. 

Encore is currently recruiting for Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) for its four care homes due to increased demand for care services for older people. All new HCAs will receive a £1,000 welcome bonus, as well as a shift bonus of £30 for every full shift completed in addition to their contracted hours. 

No experience in care is necessary with full training provided, a ‘Buddy’ to work alongside as they get to know the role, and ongoing training support, as well as the opportunity to receive funded training to progress on to become a Registered Nursing Associate, should they so wish. The role is suitable for people with a positive, friendly attitude, a caring and empathetic approach to work, and good communication skills. 

Sarah Edgar joined the Fairmile Grange team in Christchurch as a HCA, where she progressed to the role of Registered Nursing Associate with the support and funded learning opportunities paid by Encore.  

She said: “It feels fantastic to have achieved the qualification alongside working full time. I could not have done it without the financial support and encouragement from Encore. 

“The thing I love most about my job is just seeing our residents smile, while making sure that they are cared for and that their needs are being met. It’s nice to know that we can make a difference.”

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