Registration requirements

Qualifications
Making an application for any position within ESSENTIAL CARE requires that you have relevant certificates in place. This ranges from degrees to annual mandatory certificates. The good news is that we can help you with all the mandatory certificates. See the training section.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
You will be required to complete a CRB check. This can be done online through an access code or onsite. The CRB and POVA/POCA checks must be attained prior to work commencement. The process can take anything from 4-6 weeks. Oftentimes clients may permit candidates to commence work with POVA or POCA acknowledgement. This is at the discernment of the client however and we will notify you if this is the case. The CRB is at a cost of £46. This is payable on application online or when you come to attend your interview.

Fitness to work
The application form has a section regarding your fitness to work. Local authorities expect you to complete this section with honesty and integrity. If you will be working within hospital environments you will be required to have a ‘Fitness to work’ certificate. This involves having all immunisations up-to-date and a occupational health check to certify your immunity levels are safe. This is very relevant for nursing staff.

References
You will need to provide us with the name, address, number, fax and email of two excellent referees. Some clients prefer references from the last two years employment. They must have had a professional involvement with your work experience. A manager, supervisor or HR department is acceptable. We will write to them when we receive your application form. You will only be invited for an interview when we have received satisfactory references. We suggest you ‘speed-up’ the process by notifying your contacts in advance of us applying for them. We also suggest you ‘chase-up’ your references and liaise with our office to facilitate a smooth process.

Proof of identity
To register with us you will need to bring documentation which confirms your identity. Acceptable forms of ID are the following:
• Passport (valid)
• Home Office documentation/visa (if relevant)
• Drivers License (picture)
• Bank statement (within 3 mths for proof of address)
• Utility bill (within 3 mths for proof of address)
• 2 passport pictures
• GSCC registration card (if relevant)
• Fitness to work certificate for hospital staff (we can assist with this)
• ISO registration for new workers
• Training certificates


GSCC

Employers’ responsibilities 
We are a a service registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), therefore we are expected to be in a position to comply with the Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers. ESSENTIAL CARE takes these commitments very seriously .
We are committed to the following GSCC guidance now:

•  Use the code for employers as a 'tick list' for a comprehensive audit of your policies.

•  We ensure relevant senior colleagues such as our human resources manager and our training manager are aware of the codes and their potential impact on our organisation.

•  We ensure that we order enough copies for all our staff, make sure they have received them, and try to have a session where you discuss the issues. This is done through supervision and induction processes.

•  We aim to introduce the codes to new staff at induction and have a discussion with them then about what they mean. The codes contain nothing that cannot be put into practice straight away by social care workers.

•  The codes can be used in the performance appraisal process as a measurable target for staff and managers. Incorporating the codes into people's work plans and objectives will be a good way of getting them to think about the codes.

•  Get staff to carry the credit card-sized codes around with them and ask staff to explain to service users what the codes are, at an appropriate moment.

•  People who use services should have access to the codes, which are available for download and to order by post from this website. Our web-site is committed to actively linking with the GSCC to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the codes and their relevance to your working life.

Social workers
If you are looking for work as a qualified or unqualified Social Worker this is the section for you. We have jobs in various councils in Inner and Outer London. The jobs range from working as assistant Social Workers to Team managers. If you are interested in this area, you will need to attach your CV and email it to us quickly as jobs come and go fast. Click on CV section to do this. See listings below.

Registration requirements:

Qualifications
As a qualified social worker you are expected to have a relevant degree in the field of work. We ask that you have a minimum of two years experience in working with social services teams.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
You will be required to complete a CRB check. This can be done online through an access code or onsite. The CRB and POVA/POCA checks must be attained prior to work commencement. The process can take anything from 4-6 weeks. Oftentimes clients may permit candidates to commence work with POVA or POCA acknowledgement. This is at the discernment of the client however and we will notify you if this is the case.

General Social Care Council (GSCC) Registration
Social Workers MUST be registered with the GSCC. If you are not registered please contact http://www.gscc.org.uk/The+Social+Care+Register/Apply+for+registration/

General Social Care Council (GSCC) Codes of Practice
Every social care worker and employer should have a copy of the codes of practice. The codes are available in various formats, all of which can be ordered or downloaded from the website. www.gscc.org.uk. We suggest you download a copy for yourself prior to registration and bring it with you for registration.

What are the codes of practice?
The first ever UK-wide codes of practice for social care workers and employers provide a clear guide for all those who work in social care, setting out the standards of practice and conduct workers and their employers should meet. Our registrants will be required to comply with the codes as a condition of ongoing registration.

Fitness to work

The application form has a section regarding your fitness to work. Local authorities expect you to complete this section with honesty and integrity.

Please click on the ‘How to register’ section for full details of registration requirements.