Senior care worker
Senior care workers provide physical and emotional support to individuals and supervise teams of care assistants.
£15,500 Starter - £22,000 Experienced
42 to 44 a week (on call on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
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You could do a college course in care work, for example:
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course. You'll need 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or 5 course.
You could do a lead adult care worker Level 3 apprenticeship to get into this career and then take further training on the job. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You could start as a care support worker and move into a senior role through further training and promotion.
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.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work on your own
- excellent verbal communication skills
- business management skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
pass enhanced background checks
have a full driving licence
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- supervise a team of care assistants
- write care plans
monitor patients' vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate
- complete patient medication records
- develop and lead activities for service users
- keep families up to date about their relative's progress
- train and mentor new staff
- attend team meetings with service managers
provide 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.
Career path and progression
With experience and training you could specialise in particular areas like dementia care, stroke management or in supporting people with learning disabilities.
You could also progress to become an assistant practitioner, deputy service manager or care home manager.