Planning a career as a care worker means you will be working with individuals who present new challenges and a range of special care needs each day.
This section explains how to get started in adult social care, the job roles available for social workers, and how to find openings in different types of care work.
As a rule, getting into adult social care means you are part of a team that is capable of transforming the lives of those less fortunate.
The people who use any of the health services need quality workers to provide them with safe and effective supervision.
Doing so can help them stay more independent, improve their general health and wellness, and give them a chance of living life to the fullest.
It's worth noting that some significant differences exist between health care and social care. Even so, they both share a common thread of how quality care should be for the benefit of diverse communities.
Here's the best part:
Adult social care is a sector experiencing a notable rise in job openings. What's more, becoming a social worker offers you the chance of benefiting from long-term career opportunities.
Being passionate about helping others is the mark of a good social worker. Hence, having previous experience or formal qualifications is not a requirement to get started in adult social care.
Last time we checked, there were thousands of caring jobs available nationwide. Here are some common reasons why people choose to become adult social care workers:
Note: The main section explains how to start looking for a new career, including information about the Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
You can explore further information about the different types of care work on the 'Every Day is Different' website (presented by DHSC).
It also describes the requirements for the different roles, with a search facility to apply for adult social care jobs near to where you live.
Note: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has a job search facility to help you find a job in adult social care.
A simple definition of a care worker is someone who can give quality service in a variety of settings, which may include care homes, within the community, or at someone's private home.
Care workers and support workers are entry-level care roles that support others with the aspects of living their day-to-day life.
Whatever interests you the most, and the people you prefer to work with, will usually determine the setting for where you will be working, such as:
Are you interested in helping to support people who live in nursing or care homes? If yes, residential care usually means you will work with people who have some kind of health condition (e.g. Alzheimer's, Dementia).
The social and physical activities that adult social carers will be involved in usually includes helping others:
Even though skill levels, experience, and qualifications vary in the different roles, the important attributes that you should have, will include:
If the job you choose requires a social care qualification, it is most likely to be a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and GCSE A-C in English and Mathematics.
Part of starting a new job in adult social care will be the induction process and getting the Care Certificate. Basic training will also include learning about health and safety procedures, passing a medical first aid course, and how to move and handle a person.
Note: Another section explains more about mental health issues with advice about psychological and emotional wellbeing.
If you become a Shared Lives carer, you will be opening up your home (and your family life) to someone who is in need of care and support. The invitation can be for:
The close connection you would be building, and the day-to-day activities that you would be offering someone, often include:
Needing care and support at home can happen to anybody. Often, it includes people who are suffering with some mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or sensory impairment.
Some individuals will choose to employ a personal assistant to help them live 'independently'. It will be an entry-level care role capacity and usually involves:
If you are looking to start work in social care you will find a lot of resources available to help you. Becoming an adult social care worker gives you the opportunity to:
Note: Another section lists 5 transferable skills that employers are looking for right now - even if you don't have any previous work experience.
Note: This short video presented by the DWP explains how working in adult social care makes a real and meaningful difference to people's lives - every day.
Getting into Health and Social Care in United Kingdom