Care FAQs

How to apply to become a Carer

Here you can discover more about our recruitment process and the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous about applying or aren’t quite sure what to do next. We’ve put together some handy hints & tips.

Our friendly and helpful Recruitment team is more than happy to guide you through every stage of the process. Simply call us on 0800 542 1895 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Who are our customers?

The large majority of our customers are elderly; however, we do also care for people with learning or physical disabilities and otherwise healthy people who are recovering from injury.

What is domiciliary care?

Domiciliary care involves our Care Workers 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.
The care provided will depend on the customer’s needs and the agreed care package that they’re on, but can range from general companionship to a more intensive personal care schedule.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We have over 100 domiciliary care branches spread throughout the UK, from Aberdeen to Exeter, with hundreds of vacancies available each month.

Do I need experience / qualifications to apply?

Experience is not necessary as we provide full-training. What’s most important to us is that you have the right personality. You need to be patient, hardworking, reliable, and enjoy making people feel valued.

How do I search and apply for a job at Allied Healthcare?

Click here to search for jobs in your local area. Once you’ve found the job for you, click ‘apply’ to start the application process. You’ll first be taken to a page where you can register your account and then be directed to our online application form.

Do you offer guaranteed hours contracts?

We offer every Care Worker a guaranteed contract with a weekly minimum of 18 hours’ work, subject to you passing a 3 month probationary period and having the necessary availability.

What are the benefits of working for Allied Healthcare?

A career in Care is incredibly rewarding. But it can also be challenging. So we reward our employees with a fantastic benefits package – click here to see the details.

What is the hourly rate of pay?

The hourly rate of pay that we offer will vary depending on location. Search for jobs in your local area by clicking here to get more information on the rate of pay.

How many days of holiday / annual leave will I get?

You’ll enjoy the equivalent of 28 days paid annual leave a year, including public holidays. This is pro-rata if you work part-time. Holiday pay will accrue at 12.07% of your hourly rate for each hour you work during the holiday year.

What is a DBS check? Will I need one? And how do I get one?

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check looks at your criminal history (if you have one) and makes sure you’re not barred from working with any group of people. It’s mandatory for all of our Carers. You must have successfully completed an enhanced DBS check before starting work with us. The Administration team in your local branch will help you apply for your DBS check. However, in some cases, you may need to cover its cost of £44.

What hours will I work?

The type of contracts we have available depend on the specific requirements of our branches. But we’ll do our best to work around your other commitments with a flexible full or part-time contract.

Will I be able to get to know the service users I care for?

While it’s important to maintain a professional boundary, it’s natural for our Carers to develop rapport with their regular clients. Forming these relationships also makes the visits more pleasant for everyone involved.

Will I be visiting customers 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; however some customers might request that they only receive personal care from Carers of the same sex.

Hints & Tips

  • Read all of the questions carefully and answer them clearly
  • Double check your answers before you submit your application.
  • Learn more about working for Allied by taking a look at the rest of the information available on our site.
  • Keep your phone close by! If we think you’d be great a Carer, we’ll aim to contact you within 24 hours of your application to try and arrange a telephone interview.
  • Start thinking about why you want a career in care, so you can tell us about it when we call.
  • Are you having technical difficulties? Don’t panic! Our friendly recruiters are available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, to guide you through the process. Give us a call on 0800 542 1895!

Recruitment Process

  1. Applying

    Click here to search and apply for jobs in your area.

  2. Telephone chat

    We’ll call you within 24 hours to talk about you and the role.

  3. Offer of employment

    If you and the role are a good match, we’ll make you a conditional offer.

  4. Branch visit

    We’ll meet with you and carry out some checks, including your right to work in the UK, your qualifications and a DBS check.

  5. Joining the team

    Our 4-day training course will prepare you for a career as a Carer.