Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.
Job titles might include: Care Asistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker - Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.
An Adult Care Worker must know and understand:
- The tasks and responsibilities of the job role relevant to the context of the service in which they are working. This could include supporting with social activities, monitoring health, assisting with eating, mobility and personal care
- What the ‘duty of care’ is in practice
- How to contribute towards the development and creation of a care plan underpinned by the individuals preferences in regard to the way they want to be supported
- How to identify, respond to and escalate changes to physical, social, and emotional needs of individuals
- How to access, follow and be compliant with regulations and organisational policies and procedures
- How to support and enable individuals to achieve their personal aims and goals
What dignity means in how to work with individuals and others
The importance of respecting diversity and treating everyone equally
- 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above including English Language and Maths
You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeship/vacancies/ and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.
Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.