At Origin, we call won’t call you a carer. You’ll be a Personal Assistant (PA).
That’s because working at Origin isn’t care work as you know it; it’s your opportunity to transform someone’s life by providing them with independence, spontaneity and freedom of choice.
No two clients are the same; this means there isn’t a ‘typical day’ for an Origin PA. What each care assignment does have in common though, is that they’re all extremely rewarding.
Whilst no two care assignments will expect the same routine from you, there are some activities that come as standard. These include;
If you have no (or little) experience doing some of the things we’re asking you to do, don’t worry! That’s where our specialist training comes in. We’ll make sure you can do all of the above confidently before pairing you with a client.
Plus, all nursing requirements are carried out by medical professionals, so you’re never totally on your own!
Yes. Each client is different and has different needs, work and social commitments. Many of our clients work full time, some study, and some have active social lives that include disabled sports and/or spending time with friends and family.
How they like to spend their time will dictate the activities that you may carry out, but commonly, our PAs are asked to;
Just like clients, every PA is different. Whilst we don’t need you to have any specific qualifications, there are a few things all of our PA’s have in common.
All Origin PAs, are:
At Origin, all of our PAs start on £770 a week (*based on £110 per day, made up of £96.50 basic pay and £13.50 holiday pay). All PAs are employed by Origin.
We’ll also cover the cost of all the food and drink you need whilst you’re living with a client, and we won’t ask you to pay any rent or mortgage contributions, either.
The longer you stay with us, the more you stand to earn – there are reviews and opportunities for promotion.
No. We will cover all your travel expenses when you’re with a client, including going abroad or on holiday with the clients you’re living with.
We’ll also cover all travel within the UK to get to/from a client’s home using public transport. Please note – we will not cover your own international personal expenses if you travel to/from the UK for work.
All of our clients are adults living with spinal injury. For the most part, they’re young adults, who are busy and active, both in work and socially. In a carer, they’re looking for someone to enhance their already fulfilled and invigorating life.
Around 90% of people with spinal injuries are men, so a majority of our clients are male, although we, of course, have some female clients on board, too.
You will be living with clients for one to two weeks at a time, but as client/PA relationships blossom some flexibility may be possible.
Providing you get on well, we like to provide longer-term client/PA pairings to make the job easier, more enjoyable and more comfortable.
During each assignment, you’ll live in the client’s house. You’ll always have your own private bedroom, and access to a shared bathroom. Accommodation varies depending on the living arrangements and locations of the clients – you can go from city centre hustle and bustle to serene countryside in just one job, so if you’re looking to explore the UK, this role is perfect for you.
No. Our specialist training course is designed to equip you with all the job skills you need to provide the best possible care you can.
Regardless of experience, all successful candidates are required to come along to our training course, and to take part in regular refresher training courses throughout their employment.
We have developed our own, specialist and highly focussed training course, which will make sure you can confidently handle all the unique challenges being a live-in carer might throw at you. It’s considered the leading course in the UK of its kind, so you’re in very safe hands!
The course lasts for 5 days, and it’s intensive, meaning we’ll bring you up to HQ for the full duration, covering hotel and travel costs, as well as the cost of the course. (Provided you stay with us as a PA for a minimum of four months afterwards).
Led by senior carers and medical professionals, the course covers everything you need to know to make sure you’re looking after your client well and that you understand your role, like:
If you have no (or little) experience doing some of the things we’re asking you to do, don’t worry! That’s where our specialist training comes in; our course covers all of these things in depth – we promise, they’ll all be second nature in no time! We’ll teach you:
At the end of the course, you’ll be given a care certificate from Origin, and you can add the certificate to your CV.
We run one training course each month and if your application is successful, you’ll be booked on to one that works for you during the recruitment process. See our upcoming training dates.
If you want to learn whilst you earn, we provide a unique support scheme for furthering your studies with a host of suppliers, including The Open University. This means you can gain work-related qualifications whilst working with us, including QCF/NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, and/or a Certificate in Health and Social Care. This fee support initiative is available to Advanced PAs only, so if you’re looking for a long term care role, this could be for you.
Whilst working as a live-in carer won’t suit students currently in full or part-time study, it’s an ideal choice for graduates and gap year students looking for a life-changing experience.
Yes. Because we’re inviting you to live in someone’s home, we’ll carry out full criminal background checks. We’ll also need to carry out DBS checks and ISA Adult 1st checks. Normally, these cost £63.20, however, we’ll cover the cost of these during the recruitment process.
Yes – we ask for two good references as part of each application.
Yes! We’d love to hear from like-minded individuals that have a true passion for making a difference to people’s lives. If you know someone who’d be perfect for the role, tell them to get in touch with us on 01524 34100, or to apply now, and make sure they mention your name!
The best bit? When they’ve been with us as a PA for 4 months, we’ll give you £500!
When you complete your application form, please indicate which course you would like to attend.Apply here