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Joining us...and growing with us
     “The Trust supported me in completing Level 2 and Level 3 Business Admin, opening up further opportunities to me” Emily Priest
Ivana’s story: One of our Area Operations Managers, Ivana Pavlova joined OSJCT in 2008 as a Care Assistant, she was soon promoted to Care Leader, a role she stayed in for 3 years and then Head of Care for 18 months. Ivana then became a Home Manager,
managing several homes in Oxfordshire, including our largest home in the county, before becoming a Peripatetic Manager.
Ivana’s most recent promotion was to Area Operations Manager, a role she is flourishing in! OSJCT supported Ivana to complete her management diploma as well as various leadership programmes including specialist dementia training. Ivana says she loves working for a company that feels like family and is so supportive.
Employability! Everyone who joins us to work in one of our homes or support offices is required to have a DBS check (which we pay for) and we are required to gain employment and or character references. We do this to ensure we have the best and most appropriate people working with us and to meet industry requirements.
Unique training and development helps colleagues to understand how best to support residents to achieve an active and fulfilling life. Everyone who joins our teams based in our homes does the nationally recognised Care Certificate as part of their induction, along with all mandatory training such as Moving & Handling. When Carers join us, in addition to training, we also ensure that each Carer does a number of “shadow shifts” where they work alongside one of our experienced Carers until they feel ready to work independently. In terms of ongoing
training and development, we are always delighted to support our teams by providing the training and qualifications they require to do their roles to the best of their ability and to progress if that is something they aspire to. Many of our senior posts are held by people who have worked their way up through the organisation.
As an organisation, OSJCT are very committed to inclusion and transparency. We have an |Employee Involvement Group (EIG)|which employees from all areas of the organisation are encouraged to join. They have the opportunity to spend time with Trust managers to discuss the Trust’s plans, explore better ways of working and highlight any issues or concerns. EIG members are able to share the information they receive with their colleagues to gain feedback and input, enabling all parts of the Trust to have two­way dialogue about the opportunities and issues which are important to us. As a growing organisation, we are very aware of the need to ensure we are all connected.
Get in touch today!
If you think a career in care might be for you, or would like to know more about our roles, please get in touch. We are always happy to have an informal chat, or arrange a visit to one of our homes, so you can get a feel for what we do and who we are.
     “I started at the Trust working as a carer, completed my NVQ 2, had the opportunity to be a night lead and then became a Care Leader”
Colleta Chilande­Nyongesa
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    OSJCT...for life!
We want our employees to be happy, both in and out of work. We also appreciate that many of our roles require a huge amount of dedication, energy and empathy. We feel privileged to do what we do ­ the joy that it brings to us is immense, we’re are aware that it’s also sometimes stressful, and both physically and emotionally hard. Our employee’s wellbeing is so important to us, so we insure that in addition to having support systems in place internally, there is also an employee helpline available, where professional advice can be sought on a number of issues.
We know work life balance is important, we offer service­related annual holiday entitlement, plus bank holidays. We currently offer the Head Space mindfulness meditation app which is free for all Trust employees. Additionally, we’ve set up an employee benefits scheme which offers some great discounts on leisure activities (cinemas, restaurants, days out etc.,) and discounts with a wide range of retailers too!
For peace of mind, we also offer a pension and life assurance to all employees. To assist us with recruiting new staff we have
introduced ‘Recruit a Friend’ an employee referral scheme with £1,000 reward for successfully introducing a Nurse to the Trust and £500 reward for all other roles.
We have our annual employee awards, which are always a great day for all involved and a chance for us to publicly recognise and celebrate our very special teams. Employees also have the opportunity to nominate a colleague who they feel is exceptional in a particular area including Volunteers, Activities, Nurse and Carer amongst others.

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