A Support Worker’s job role will vary depending on the person they are supporting, as well as seniority and specialism. Generally speaking Support Workers assist vulnerable people with many aspects of their day-to-day living, helping them take care of themselves and live a fulfilled life.
As a support worker, you could be working in people’s homes, in the community or in health and social care settings, and may help them with tasks such as mobility, eating and drinking, or personal care.
There are many different types of support worker jobs available within the following settings:which include but are not limited to:
Although roles may vary slightly from one specialism to the next, there are a number of core responsibilities. As a Support Worker, your job will typically involve supporting individuals to pursue hobbies and interests, as well as their learning of new skills and/or gaining employment.
Support Workers also help with everyday tasks such as meal preparation, writing a shopping list, going shopping or maintaining their housing tenancy. Support Workers will also help individuals access community facilities and be included in community groups.
Support Worker Jobs - the skills and experience you need
Although you won’t always need previous experience or qualifications to get a job as a Support Worker, some employers may require you to have NVQs in Care. If you're looking at an entry-level support worker job, you may need to have an NVQ2 in Care, while those looking for more senior roles may need to have an NVQ3. You may also have the opportunity to work towards an NVQ on the job which will usually take around one year to complete.
As a Support Worker, you should expect to receive adequate training which covers a set of standards including:
Duty of care, Equality, and diversity
Work in a person-centered way
Privacy and dignity
Fluids and nutrition
Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities
Basic life support
Health and safety
Infection prevention and control
It goes without saying that the role of a Support Worker can be both emotionally and physically demanding. Therefore, Support Workers must be resilient, organised and have the ability and desire to work with people from all walks of life in order to perform in their job.
A career as a Support Worker
Social care is a rapidly growing sector, and the opportunities to develop a fulfilling career in the sector are many and varied.
Depending on age, experience, industry, and region, salaries range from £16,500 to £21,000 per year. Temp Support Workers are entitled to the hourly national living wage, and many employers will offer higher pay rates.
For many Support Workers, career progression involves moving into supervisory and managerial posts. This typically involves leading a team of staff or running a refuge, project or family center. Your role will include the planning, delivery, and evaluation of family services.
As well as progressing into leadership, strategic and policy development roles, it's also possible to move into research by taking a PhD in family or community support. Many Support Workers go on to become Social Workers, specialising in various projects as per government prioritisation.
At Search Healthcare, we recruit for a many social care jobs across the UK, within a number of key locations including Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leicester, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield. Take a look at our current opportunities now or contact us here to find out more.
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