Our Carer recruitment process...


Let's get together 


You’ll meet with one of our team members, who will come round for a chat about the ins and outs of becoming a carer. We’ll answer any questions you might have.


Put pen to paper


It’s time to fill out your application form and give us the names of your referees. 


Getting to know you and your home


We’ll have a chat about your learning and development requirements, complete some checks (like a criminal record check and a barred list check via the Disclosure and Barring Service), and have a look at your home to assess how accessible it is. We’ll also start to follow up your references.


Preparing for your panel


Every potential Shared Lives carer is presented to an independent panel, so to make sure we can show off your skills, we’ll need you to provide some extra information, like a personal profile. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it.


Your assessment report

We’ll produce an assessment report, which shows all your lovely skills and knowledge.


Get involved


You’re almost a fully-fledged member of the team, so we’ll need you to come to our compulsory and specialist training. Our training is designed to make you the best carer you can be and will tell you all about how we do things here at PSS. We’ll need you to come along to the mandatory training even if you have years’ of experience. To get you bedded in, we’ll also invite you to come and have a brew with some other carers and get to know the rest of the team.


The big decision

This is the time we’ve all been waiting for, when you’ll hopefully find out that the process has been a success and you’ve been approved as a Shared Lives carer. If you’re successful, now’s the time we’ll get the ball rolling on any legal requirements, like gas, fire and other safety checks around your home.


Match-making time

You did it! Welcome to the team. Now for the extra fun bit. It’s time to start matching you with some fab people to care for. You’ll be assigned your very own member of our team who will help you out as you get going with your brand new role and will guide you through the matching part.

We’re so glad you asked! We’re told all the time that becoming a Shared Lives carer is one of the best things you can do – you’re in for a real treat. Because the role of a Shared Lives Carer is so important, we’ve got to be absolutely sure that you and your home are ready and suitable for a Shared Lives placement. To make sure we do things properly, we’ve got an eight-step process.
As we’re sure you can understand, before you can become a Shared Lives carer, we’re going to need you to go through a couple of checks with some external bodies, including the Disclosure and Barring Service. We also need to make sure your home is safe. These things can take a little while and often varies from person to person. We’ll be making it as streamlined as possible and we’ll always try and keep you in the loop. However, if you’ve any questions or queries you can contact your Shared Lives development worker to check how things are progressing at any point along the way.

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