- Provide physical and emotional support to individuals and supervise teams
- You'll need excellent caring skills, leadership skills, and attention to detail
- You could specialise in particular areas like dementia care and stroke management
- Supervising a team of care assistants
- Writing care plans
- Monitoring patients' vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate
- Completing patient medication records
- Developing and leading activities for service users
- Keeping families up to date about their relatives' progress
- Training and mentoring new staff
- Attending team meetings with service managers
- Providing emergency cover
You could work at a client's home, in an NHS or private hospital or at an adult care home. Your working environment may be emotionally demanding. Flexible working is common. You'll also be on call to cover staff shortages and emergencies.
This role would be ideal for someone with excellent caring skills, leadership skills, and attention to detail.
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks and have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months.
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got relevant skills and experience in social care or health. Employers may also ask for a qualification in care or health.
You could do a college course in care work, for example Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management.
You could do a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship to get into this career and then take further training on the job.
You could also start as a care support worker and move into a senior role through further training and promotion.
With experience and training you could specialise in particular areas like dementia care, stroke management or supporting people with learning disabilities. You could also progress to become an assistant practitioner, deputy service manager or care home manager.