Job Description for General Care workers and Care Assistants.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set job requirements when entering the care sector, but any job opportunity would be greatly enhanced if you have some experience in a caring role. This could include personal care for a family member or any voluntary work you have completed in the sector. Think about any situations where you have helped support someone with daily chores and include these as elements in your CV.
Some roles will require some background relating to care itself but if you are just starting out you could look at an apprenticeship as a point of entry. Care homes and professional care providers often offer apprenticeships in care.
If you are looking to work with children or vulnerable adults, you will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This replaces the old-style Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and proves that you are cleared to work in the sector.
It may help in advance if you request a copy of your criminal record (known as ‘basic disclosure’). It may help speed up the recruitment process if you have this upfront and show it to your potential employer. They may still need to do additional checks, but it shows that you are thinking about the process in advance.
If you are applying for a role in adult social care in England, you will need to gain the Care Certificate as part of a 12-week induction programme provided by your employer.
2. Skills required
You will need:
- the ability to engage with and relate to people from a diverse range of backgrounds
- the ability to work under pressure and remain calm in stressful situations
- skills in communication with a focus on sensitivity
- the ability to analyze issues, make sound decisions and overcome problems.
- you have to be detail oriented, work on completing tasks with thoroughness and accuracy. Double check your work to ensure there aren’t any errors. Employers like to see you have high standards in the quality of work you perform.
Depending on the role you are applying for, you may have to hon your skills to take on the challenges involved.
3. What you will be required to do
Although these duties may change, increase or decrease according to the roles you applied for, the following are specific to a typical care worker role;
- Assisting the patient with bathing, grooming and getting dressed
- Handling household tasks like cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry
- Preparing and serving meals at the appropriate time
- Administering oral and topical medication under the supervision of medical personnel
- helping clients manage their budget, paying bills and writing letters/emails
- Providing mental and emotional support
- Making recommendations to family members and healthcare personnel on the plan of care
- Organising suitable recreational activities for the patient
- Collaborating with other health care and social care professionals to provide the best possible care