Health Care Assistants
With a variety of establishments and hours to suit your lifestyle, now is the ideal time to review your agency and join Essential. Anna and Suzie in our bookings team have over ten years experience in a bookings environment and work tirelessly to source you as much, or as little work in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester and throughout Dorset as you want.
If you are looking for care work in local NHS, private and community hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, within the speciality of learning disability and mental health, or with Marie Curie, we would love to hear from you. Essential are proud to be a local agency. We are not a corporate organisation, and we have traditional values and beliefs where your worth is recognised and acknowledged. We offer every staff member comprehensive face to face training, delivered by a nurse led team that is a sound foundation for your career with us. We truly believe that our care staff are our ambassadors, delivering quality care to those who need it most.
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We are always looking for experienced, caring and professional Healthcare Assistants for all shifts, to include weekends. Our job is to source you work, so why not leave it to our expert team to ensure that you have the hours you want! If you have a passion for care, are flexible and like meeting new faces in a variety of establishments, then please contact us today, using the attached link and our skilled recruitment consultant will return your call.
Carer at home
“After a long career in catering, I took redundancy last year and decided on a lifestyle change, which I haven't regretted once! The work is very varied, challenging and extremely rewarding. No two days are ever the same! I have learnt and done things I never thought I would be able to do, and as a people's person I love meeting new people and being part of a team. It's nice to think at the end of each shift that you have assisted someone at often a difficult time in their lives.”
Amanda Da Silva, Health Care Assistant
We are currently looking for experienced team members to work in a variety of settings around Dorset. We have lots of hours to suit you, and offer excellent pay rates and lots of other benefits. We do ask that you are over 18 and able to travel independently to local establishments.

Current Health Care Assistants positions available:

Local NHS Trusts and private hospitals in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Weymouth, Swanage, Blandford and Bridport:
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Early shifts (0730 – 1330).
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Late shifts (1330 – 2030).
Essential heart Weekends (0730 – 1330) & (1330 – 2030).
Essential heart Nights (2000 – 0800).

Local Nursing Homes in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding areas:
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Early shifts (0800 – 1400).
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Late shifts (1400 – 2000).
Essential heart Weekends (0800 – 1400) & (1400 – 2000).
Essential heart Nights (2000 – 0800).

Marie Curie:
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Palliative Care Waking Nights (1000 – 0700).

In return we can offer you:

Excellent rates of Pay from £7.60 – 9.00 per hour plus accrued holiday pay.

Excellent travel bonus scheme

Free Full Care Certificate training that is delivered, in house, face to face by our nurse led training team.

Free Training updates.

Subsidised DBS

Generous refer a friend scheme
(earn up to £300.00)

4 Weekly Pay

You must complete an enhanced DBS for this role.

If you would like a new career in the New Year, why not give us a call? We would be delighted to hear from you and we will guide you through the recruitment process and into your rewarding new role. Please call Jo on 01305 757590 (Dorchester) or 01202 711144 (Poole)

Night Carer Vacancies

Do you have a passion for working with people? Then we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for Night Care Assistants for waking nights and sleeping nights in Dorchester, Weymouth, Purbeck, Poole, Bournemouth areas to work in Hospitals, Care Homes and Service Users own homes.

These hours are not fixed and flexibility to work ad hoc and across all establishments is a must.

As a local family run business, we only recruit and retain the very best and that's why we have enviable CQC reports.

We provide all the tools and training you need to carry out high quality care.


  • Monday to Sunday nights available 2200-0700

We can offer you:

  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Subsidised DBS
  • Accrued paid holidays
  • Employee of the month Scheme
  • Generous Refer a Friend Bonuses
  • Free training with Healthcare Professional

You will need to complete or hold a current Enhanced DBS for this role.
You must be able to drive and have your own transport.

Please call Jo on 01305 757590 (Dorchester) or 01202 711144 (Poole). You can also complete our contact form.