According to figures from Age UK, there are over 5,000 nursing homes and 12,500 residential homes in the UK, looking after nearly half a million elderly and disabled people, the majority of whom are over 65. With such a large number of people needing to be looked after, there are a wide range of jobs in care homes available. Here’s a summary of the main ones:
Carers work directly with residents, helping them with their everyday needs and personal care, monitoring their basic health and keeping detailed records. Their work will be led by the care plans which are drawn up for each patient by the care manager or a social worker. There are no minimum qualifications required to be a care worker, and training will be provided on food hygiene, health and safety, and manual handling.
All employees new to the care industry are now required to complete The Care Certificate and all carers both old and new need to maintain training in Moving and Handling, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, First Aid, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene.
As a supervisor you will be looking after front line staff, volunteers and operational staff. You will be liaising with occupational therapists and social workers, and may also be involved in the design of individual care plans, administration and budgeting. You will need to be an experienced care worker, with Level 3 qualifications.
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Registered nurses working in residential care and nursing homes provide nursing care to adults and elderly people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and those with psychiatric and mental health needs. To qualify for these roles, you will need a BSc in Nursing or a Nursing Diploma. All Nurses must be registered with the NMC and have a valid PIN number.
Not everyone working in a care home is directly involved with the health care needs of the patients. Domestic and housekeeping staff are employed to look after cleaning, maintenance, grounds and any necessary driving. Chefs, kitchen assistants, kitchen porters and plate waiting staff look after catering. Previous experience working in care homes or the healthcare sector isn’t necessary, but the relevant skills and experience for each role will probably be required.
Support worker/ Activities worker/co-ordinator
Social activities are an important part of care homes as they stimulate conversation, sharing of interests, skills and improve socialising for each resident, and also includes organising group and social activities within the home. People generally move into this role once they have some experience of working with vulnerable adults. Although no formal qualifications are required for the post, a Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care is desirable.
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