Working in any care role whether hospital, nursing or care home can be immensely rewarding and satisfying. Often the first person the patient or resident sees in the morning and in many cases, the last they see in the evening. When you are looking for a new role in care, it is important to consider your options. What are you qualified for? What experience do you have that will be valuable to you in a new role?
Looking after the most vulnerable people in society is a pivotal role in health and social care, maximising their quality of life in the face of illness and disability. Which is why the role requires a special type of person.
What sort of thing does a care worker do?
You can work in a variety of settings, such as in a care home, at someone’s home or within the community. You’ll support them with their social and physical activities, including:
- Eating and drinking
- Attending appointments
- Shopping and money management
- Undergoing basic medical checks
- Washing and dressing
Daily tasks may vary but could be similar to the below where you assist with personal care, dressing etc. Helping residents and patients with daily tasks like shopping and attending appointments. Monitoring individuals’ conditions, taking their temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and possibly helping with medication if required.
What’s most important is your kindness, patience and compassion. Using your ability to work with others as part of a team and individually. Communication skills are vital as you will be dealing with colleagues and patients or residents on a daily basis.
- Good English, numeracy and writing skills.
- Your ability to understand and follow procedures.
- Strong organisational and time management skills.
Qualifications to consider
- GCSE A-C in English and Maths.
- A social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.
These qualifications are not the be-all and end-all and can be developed and progressed over time. Training and support are often part of any role in healthcare and can boost your chances of securing a new role.