Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (â€˜service usersâ€™) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.
There are no formal academic entry requirements. In most cases workers will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body which involves satisfying the registration criteria. This would normally include holding or working towards the appropriate qualification for the job. Entrants must typically be 18 years old and have experience of working in a care environment. Both off- and on-the-job training is available. A wide range of qualifications including NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of care are available. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.
assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe;
serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required;
generally assists with service usersâ€™ overall comfort and well being;
provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user;
helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits;
undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required;
monitors service usersâ€™ conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping;
liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
Estimated Pay Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).
Unemployment Data The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.
Projected Employment Levels