Barchester Healthcare

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Lee Watson, Resourcing Advisor, with Barchester's Sunday Times 'Best Big Companies' Award
Barchester's stand at the RCN Congress 2014

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Barchester Healthcare Reviews

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    Staff oriented company with amazing training opportunities and strong ethical values

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Barchester Healthcare full-time (more than 3 years)


    What I love about Barchester is that they don't have the usual big company 'corporate' mentality. They are very much about empowering their staff to be autonomous and to express their individuality. Their care homes are the same - each one has its own culture; it allows people to become part of the creative process and feel included as a member of a family. Barchester's other big strength is their staff development programmes. They have their own business school and all staff are encouraged to take career development qualifications.


    Internal communication could be better. And their strategic planning - or lack of it! - is frustrating at times.

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    Hopefully the new CEO will redress some of the operational issues that have let the company down in recent years.

    Positive Outlook

Barchester Healthcare Interviews

Updated Sep 10, 2014
Updated Sep 10, 2014

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Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Barchester Healthcare.

    Interview Details

    I applied on line. Was then phoned up by someone who went through my cv with me, checking my credentials and experience, then met the Director of Recruitment at one of the care homes local to me who was disconcertingly informal. I then met with the Regional Ops Director and Senior Regional Ops Director who went into great detail about the home and its problems and plus points.

    Interview Questions
    • They made it clear that the position needed someone who was a proven troubleshooter. They were very honest about the problems that the home had encountered in the past and the challenges it faced to get back on track. They really grilled me over what measures I would take to reverse the home's fortunes but there were no trick questions. I did need to demonstrate a really thorough understanding of CQC requirements and show that I had strong commercial and strategic skills.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The initial offer was made and I turned it down. I knew they wanted me for the role - I was the perfect match for the role. I managed to negotiate another £5000pa
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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Barchester Healthcare Awards & Accolades

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25 Best Big Companies, Best Companies / UK Sunday Times, 2014
Top Employers United Kingdom Certification, Top Employers Institute, 2014

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Headquarters Inverness, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1992
Type Private Practice / Firm
Industry Health Care
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable
Competitors Unknown

Barchester Healthcare provides residential and nursing care for more than 10,000 people in over 200 locations. We are the only healthcare provider to ever make the Sunday Times Best Big Companies List, voted for anonymously by our own staff - six times! - and we are also certified one of the UK's 'Top Employers'.

Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2012, we have expanded...

Mission: Since we started, our principles have remained the same: to provide quality environments that nurture our residents and their families, and which also provide rewarding... More

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