Mike Ackers - Director and Registered Manager
I started working in social care approximately 10 years ago as a career change. I originally trained in electronics and communications engineering back in the 80s, and qualified to operate and maintain a ship’s radio station. I then spent a couple of years in the merchant navy as a Radio Officer. When I came ashore, I had a few jobs maintaining bank dealing room systems and office machines, before settling on joining the MoD where I worked as both a civil servant and consultant for a total of 22 years, finishing up at RAF Brize Norton.
When I was 28 I made enquiries into dropping electronics and attending medical school, but my personal circumstances changed and I had to remain employed. When my contract at RAF Brize Norton ended I noticed an opportunity to work in social care.
Working in social care I have found to be extremely rewarding. In my 10 years I have met many different characters and carried out many different care tasks. I have found that my background in the MoD has assisted me greatly in social care, I spent a lot of time working with and enforcing standards. As a result, I continue to look for high standards both in the Care Workers we employ and the care that we deliver. I decided to start my own care agency predominantly because of the standards of care in the companies I previously worked at.
Since working in adult social care I have completed both a Level 3 and Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care. I was the Training Manager in the last company I worked for, in that position I completed Train the Trainer which enabled me to provide all in-house training. With Chamomile Care I will continue to deliver all Induction Training and annual updates, together with encouraging all of our staff to undertake external QCF training.
Chamomile Care is an independent domiciliary care agency based in Radley, Oxfordshire. Our management team has a complement of three, with a combined experience exceeding 35 years. We are here to help you, or your loved ones, remain living in your own home when things become that little bit too difficult.
We will visit you in your own home to carry out a care consultation. This will allow us to develop a person centred care plan unique to yourself to enable you to remain as independent as possible in your own home.
Chamomile Care aims to provide services which safeguard and promote the health, welfare and life of vulnerable people living in their own homes.
Our objectives, as well as providing care that is second to none, are to provide services which:
Chamomile Care are able to provide care across Oxfordshire dependent on our capacity levels.
Be a part of our team!
Working as a Care Worker is a very rewarding career choice. It gives you the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. You don’t need to have previous experience in care, we can train you in everything you need to know, and it is paid.
You will require a satisfactory Enhanced DBS and barred list check (adults), which we will arrange for you. All roles at Chamomile Care are included in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions). This means that all criminal convictions, both spent and unspent, have to be declared. Having a criminal record will not automatically prevent your employment.
Sadly, all too often these days, a Care Worker is the only person a vulnerable person will see during the day. This can be for as little as half an hour. We are looking for people who are caring, compassionate, open and friendly to make that 30 minute call as worthwhile as possible.
If you are an experienced Care Worker we can fast track you through our induction program. We will need to show the CQC that we are satisfied with your knowledge/experience, to achieve this there are a few quizzes to see if there are any gaps in your knowledge. If you have annual update training certificates, we will take them onboard and spot check you a few times more than normal to evidence that we have checked the standard of care that you are delivering.