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Sourcing the best talent in social care

Tom Lawrenson, Gilbert Meher’s Director of Nursing & Care

The Nursing & Care division at Gilbert Meher was established in 2016 and has quickly become one of the most reliable and well-known recruitment teams in the UK

We partner with a number of the country’s largest private healthcare providers in their search for qualified, caring and competent clinical professionals.

Each one of our dedicated search consultants is designated a particular geographical location across the UK. This enables them to be ‘market experts’ and map out their region, building an unrivalled portfolio of clients and candidates with whom we work with.

Our thorough approach and consistency in sourcing the best talent has meant we’re now trusted by a number of care homes to provide their complete recruitment solutions.

Tom Lawrenson, Gilbert Meher’s Director of Nursing & Care, says: “Our success is down to our enthusiastic consultants and their passion to help organisations find people with the ability to provide compassionate care that will enhance the lives of residents and their families.

“Every organisation is unique. Our partnership approach offers a truly custom-made solution and our detailed search will go beyond qualifications, finding candidates that are matched to the organisations culture, goals and vision.

“Our values-driven partnership approach to recruitment will save time, resources and money – just last year we saved a major care home provider over £200,000 on recruitment costs.

“Our clients are benefiting from higher retention rates, improved reputation with customers and greater employee happiness from having high quality teams that deliver consistent levels of care.”

Our process in split into 3 stages which can be tailored and adapted to suit the needs and size of your organisation.

The Preparation

This is the most important part. Our consultants will find out more about your organisation and the culture to make sure we can find people that are aligned to your values. We’ll have in-depth conversations with your teams to fully understand the roles and requirements, as well as all the nitty-gritty, to make sure your opportunities will attract attention.

The Search

We have a thorough screening process for candidates which consists of an initial phone conversation to ensure they match the values and objectives for the role and your organisation.

This is followed by an in-depth call to explore the candidate’s background in detail and gain a real understanding of their current situation and motivation for pursuing a new role. We also confirm that the candidate holds any qualifications or specific experience required for the role and fully investigate their credentials e.g. CQC standards achieved, DBS and any other pre-employment checks. We would only submit a candidate to you if we were satisfied that they are of the calibre and experience that you require.

We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and we’ll be keeping you up to date throughout this process with regular communication. 

Smooth Start

You only get one chance to make a first impression and we’ll have your organisation and the candidate in mind throughout this process. We’ll obtain references, relevant documents and run pre-employment checks to make their start as effortless as possible, meaning you can focus on your relationship.

We’ll make regular catch-ups during the first month to give you and your new starter support and guidance.

From complete recruitment outsourcing to retained and contingency searches with have a range of search solutions covering:

  • Home Managers & Regional Managers
  • Senior Care Assistants & Care Coordinators
  • Nurses & Care Professionals
  • Unit Managers & Clinical Leads
  • Head Office & Support Roles
  • Interim Management

To discuss your hiring needs please give us a call on 0113 322 6432 or head to our website:



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