As a company we recognise that our biggest asset and core strength is our staff team who we value highly...

Andover Nursing Services Ltd prides itself on delivering a high standard of care and this is achieved by engaging high calibre individuals. We only engage the best people who are reliable, committed and take ownership of the role they perform. Staff registered with our company can expect comprehensive training and continuing professional development. We offer very competitive rates of pay, holiday pay, clinical supervision, appraisal system, an occupational health clinic, induction programme, free 1st uniform, ‘refer a friend’ voucher scheme, staff mentoring, a pension scheme (auto enrolment) and a 24 hour on-call support system by trained staff.
 
Please click on the questions below, which will answer many of your initial questions.
 
Andover is keen to talk to anyone who wants further information or is interested in joining us. You are more than welcome to send in your CV, but you will need to complete our application form also in line with our regulation as an Agency.
 
Q. I haven’t got any care experience; can I still apply to be a care support worker?
A. We prefer that you have 6 months care experience within the health and social care sector, either paid or voluntary. If you have experience as a carer within a professional setting for children, young adults and/or the elderly we would like to hear from you. 
Q. I have another job, can I still work for you?
A. Yes you can. If you already work in the NHS we cannot supply you into the same Trust via the Agency but we can provide you with shifts in other Trusts or elsewhere. We supply both to the NHS and the private sector throughout Wales, so you can fit in the shifts and locations  that best suit you and that you can fit in around your substantive post. We can work with you to find shifts that suit your working pattern whilst being mindful of the working time regulations.
Q. I can’t drive, can I still apply?
A. Yes but it will seriously limit access to many of the places we work throughout South Wales. Relying on public transport can often limit where you are placed, especially at short notice. If you rely on public transport you must be aware that work placements will be limited due to location and early starts. All interviews and the majority of training is held in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff or within the locality.  
Q. Do I need to fill out a DBS form?
A. Yes. All individuals need to have a DBS Check. The cost of the DBS is £51.00, payable by you. However, if you are registered with the update service, we will need to see the DBS Certificate and do an online check with the DBS. 
Q. How many references do I need to supply?
A. We require 2 references. 1 reference must be from your current or most recent employer.
Q. Where will I be placed?
A. We place throughout South Wales within the NHS trust and Independent sector-
Nursing Homes, Residential Homes and Secure Units. Placements are predominantly within the areas of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bridgend, Abergavenny, Brecon and Rhondda Cynon Taff. The level of care experience and current training you have will determine where we will place you. We will never place you in a setting that we feel is above your skill level and we will try and place you as locally as possible within reason.  
If you are already working for the NHS and hold a substantive post, we cannot place you within that Trust 
but we can place you in other Trusts and many other settings.
Q. What training do I need and will you provide it?
A. We have an extensive Induction Programme in place to ensure you meet all of our training requirements. Individuals will not be placed until all training is completed. Induction training is free at present and this covers SOVA, Infection Control, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, COSSH, Health and Safety, Mental Capacity, DOLS, Principles of Care. Emergency First Aid and Manual Handling is also free.  Non mandatory training like Management of Violence and Aggression (MOVA) does carry a small fee. The majority of training is either held at our premises, within the Cynon Valley or  at our external trainers in Swansea (Manual Handling). We regularly hold other interesting courses that will broaden your development. Please ask for our full Training Programme
Q. Do I get a free uniform?
A. The first issue uniform is free and there is a small charge for subsequent uniforms. 
Q. How long does the application process take?
A. Andover Nursing has a robust recruitment procedure and training programme in place. This is to ensure that all checks and training are satisfied to our high standard before we offer any individual placements. If all runs smoothly,  we expect to have completed the whole process within within 3-5 weeks.
Q. How many hours a week will I get once I’m registered?
A. We have plenty of hours work but we cannot  guarantee any hours – full or part time. If we have the placements available we will offer them to all registered individuals. The more flexible you are about when and where you work, the more work is available to you.
Q. What are the pay rates?
A. Pay rates will vary from placement to placement. However, they are above minimum wage rising to £17ph for care support workers depending on type of placement, shift times and whether it is weekday or weekend. Registered Nurses pay rates will be discussed at interview stage.  Full pay details will be discussed at interview stage if successful. 
Q. When will I be paid?
A. You will be paid weekly, commencing 2 weeks in arrears. We deduct tax and national insurance at source on your behalf through PAYE.
Q. Do I get mileage paid?
A. We do not pay mileage unless otherwise stated when we offer you the placement. It is possible to claim your mileage through HMRC if you keep a log of your mileage.
Q. Do you have a pension scheme?
A. We operate auto-enrolment into the People’s Pension scheme, full details of which will be enclosed with your welcome pack once registered.