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Considering a career in Support Work? Here’s everything you need to know

Author: Leanna Aitken | Posted: 24th November 2016 | Category: General News


Support workers help vulnerable individuals to live as independently as possible, often following illness.

Their duties vary depending on the needs and wishes of the individual they are dealing with.

They offer support for the individuals overall comfort and well-being and help people who require care and support to live as independently as possible.

Duties include:

  • Mobility
  • Toileting
  • Bed making
  • Assisting and enabling
  • Washing and dressing
  • Taking food and refreshment
  • Providing interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user
  • Monitoring individuals’ conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight
  • Contributing to record keeping.

Support workers can work in a residential care home, domiciliary care, or in a home enviroment. Their work is defined by a care plan, which is often developed by a social worker or care manager to meet the assessed needs of the person who needs care or support.

Support workers who work alongside professionals such as physiotherapists, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc. Are known as Clinical Support Workers, sometimes as Therapy Assistants or Therapy Helpers. Their duties (depending upon the form of therapy) include:

  • Preparing patients for their therapy
  • Setting up equipment to use in the session/treatment
  • Assisting the therapist in the treatment itself

Experience

There are no specific minimum qualifications for this job although workers must go through a criminal records check and industry standard induction training. Training will also be given on the job in food hygiene, health and safety, and manual handling.

Skills

Everyone working in adult social care needs English, number, digital and employability skills (including team work, problem-solving, planning your ongoing learning and development and managing your own health and wellbeing).

Different roles require a different level of skill. Here are a few examples of the core skills you might need as a support worker.

  • Speaking skills to communicate with someone you are supporting
  • Writing skills to fill in a care plan
  • Number skills to calculate body mass index (BMI)
  • Time management skills to prioritise workload
  • Team working skills to put together a care package for someone
If you’re looking for flexible work as a healthcare professional, or to hire care staff contact Educare here.

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