Portsmouth healthcare provider a360 wants to give vulnerable people ‘the best lives possible’ by finding care homes the very best staff

A RECRUITMENT company that finds workers for care homes says everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

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The company, A360 Group Healthcare, based in Kingston Road, Fratton, provides temporary workers to care homes and hospitals.

Owner Issisu Adama, 44, from Fratton, has experience working in health care as he was a support worker alongside studying for his civil engineering degree at the University of Portsmouth.

Once he finished his masters degree, Mr Adama didn’t want to give up all the knowledge and experience he’d gained from working in care, so continued to work for different agencies.

Pictured: Owner Issifu Adama at his shop in Kingston Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Habibur Rahman

After meeting his wife, Vivita, who is also a support worker, Mr Adama set up A360 in July 2018.

The healthcare provider focuses on ‘person-centred caring’, which Mr Adama says is vital when working with vulnerable people.

He said: ‘Every individual is unique, in their own way, so you have to treat them with respect and dignity, that’s the key. You always put the person in the centre.’

Mr Adama said he wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a good life, no matter their condition.

A360 Healthcare, from left, Vivita Adama, Issisu Adama and Charlotte Gillingham

Acknowledging the pressures of working in the healthcare sector, Mr Adama said that patience is key when dealing with challenging situations.

He said: ‘If you treat them like family, you might not understand why they behave in a certain way, and they might not understand themselves, but just have patience and remain calm, and I promise that they will eventually understand and follow your instructions.’

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All workers go through strict safety checks, but once they have their CRB check they can start work the following day.

Mr Adama said that was important as he doesn’t want to waste time as ‘people need to work.’

The care homes don’t pay any upfront costs, they just need to sign the contract and A360 will source their workers.

He said: ‘We offer flexible hours so workers can plan their week around their other commitments.

‘Every Sunday we send out the availability, and workers are paid weekly every Friday.

‘People have bills to pay and rent to pay, so we don’t want them waiting around to be paid for the work they have done.

‘If they need transport to the care homes, we will supply transport to pick them up from their home, take them to work and back.’

He currently employs 13 staff, including chefs, cleaners, kitchen assistants and nurses, and plans to get volunteers to help care homes with running activities, which will be free for the homes.

Currently A360 provides workers to care homes in Southsea, but Adama said he has plans to expand across the country.

To get in touch go to a360groups.com or call (023) 9307 5104

Story by Sophie Murray

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