Care workers support people in all aspects of daily life. This can include social and physical activities, personal care, light domestic duties and meal times. You may also see them called Healthcare Assistants or Community Care Workers depending on the employer or care setting. Each employer will have unique job descriptions for their own care staff which reflect the needs of their clients. You could be working in residential, respite or nursing accommodation, or in a person’s own home.
As a Care Worker, you can choose to focus your skills to become a specialist in a particular area, for example:
working with people with dementia
providing end of life care
caring for the elderly
supporting people with learning and/or physical disabilities
becoming an advocacy worker
You will work with professionals from other health and care teams to make sure the people you look after have access to the most appropriate care. As you become more experienced and specialist in certain areas, you may also have additional responsibilities developing policies and procedures within your organisation.
Roles delivering direct care, like Care and Support Workers, make up nearly 75% of the adult social care workforce in Cornwall. This type of role provides a good foundation for you to progress into various leadership or management positions, or undertake additional qualifications to move into regulated roles like nursing, occupational therapy or social work.
Becoming a Care Worker
You don’t need any specific qualifications for an entry level Care Worker role but you will need good English and number skills. It helps to have previous experience working with vulnerable adults but it’s not essential as long as you have the right values. Previous experience can come from your personal life, volunteering work or any work placements you may have done. For more information on starting a career in social care and the support available, visit our Get Started page.
All the training you’ll need to do your job will be provided by your employer.
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