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During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown, Evans B. Ofori saw the desperation of the NHS and UK public health service struggle to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

Many elderly patients and those with long-term illnesses ended up in
social care.

Though this appeared to be a solution, the huge shortage of care staff and normal methods of recruiting care workers left many patients and staff frustrated and helpless.

Without any experience in adult social care, Evans set out to create a recruitment business to solve the problem of care worker shortages. The result was Adult care Voice.

The best part of Adult Care Voice is that we’re just getting started. We’re looking for keen, passionate people who are dedicated to improving the lives of others, making a real difference, and feeling a sense of accomplishment in the process.

We’re here to help you create a career based around service to others. It’s also important you spend time with your loved ones. And that’s why adult social care is such a good sector to work in. There are so many
work options available to suit every lifestyle.

We help people who have passion for helping others get a care worker jobs, a job role that aligns with caring-people and your lifestyle.

How we do it?

It starts with three simple steps:

  1. Read our Free guide: Download “The essential guide to becoming a care worker” . It’s packed with useful information to get you started.
  2. Book a meeting: Schedule a time to speak to a member of our team. We’ll answer your questions and advise on the best way forward.
  3. Come to our workshop: our workshops are designed to prepare and build you confidence for your first interview.

Options for finding care worker jobs include:

  • Care work agency
  • General online job boards
  • Care work job board
  • Inquiring after care work at your municipality
  • Inquiring after positions in care homes/NHS

If you do not have experience as a care worker, it is a good idea to look for positions that offer on-the-job training. Although you do not need a specific educational background, becoming a care worker does require certain qualifications.

Many care jobs ask for accredited certificates such as Care Certificate Accredited Level 2 or Level 3 CPD. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) test is mandatory.

How much a care worker gets paid depends on a few different factors, including:

  • Job level
  • Work experience
  • Accreditations/qualifications/education level
  • Employer
  • The area in the UK

On average, an adult care worker earns between £7,83 (the National Living Wage) and £9 an hour. This comes to approximately £15,015 – £21,437 per year.

The average hourly pay differs in each region of the UK. Generally, the wage gap between new recruits and carers with more experience is not large.

The exact salary depends mostly on the job level and the qualifications the person has. The more qualifications and the higher the position, the more it pays.

There is no monotony when working as a care worker because every day is different. A care worker deals directly with people whose needs can change from day to day.

Regardless of whether you are an at-home care worker or work at a care home, you will be assisting people with going about their day. Job roles may include:

  • Dressing people
  • Washing people
  • Preparing/delivering meals
  • Making sure clients take all their medication
  • Monitoring their health
  • Offering support with errands
  • Offering support with social and physical activities
  • Keeping family members and other (health)care providers up to date

Care work often involves irregular hours, especially for those providing at-home care. This can work to your advantage in the form of flexible hours but it can also mean very long days.

DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service, which is similar to a background check. There are several levels to the DBS and care workers must pass the enhanced check level.

Employers must apply for the DBS check on behalf of a carer; the employee cannot apply for it themselves.

A reference check is standard for any job application. This is when an employer verifies the carer’s information and skills with past employers.

Care jobs are a common choice for many recent and active retirees. This is because the work can be flexible and involves many traits that come naturally to people.

There is a high demand for carers, so retirees have a good chance of finding a place that suits them.

Not all adult care worker jobs pay for travel time: it is not a standard contractual requirement. Carers that work in a single location, like a care home, do not receive payment for travel time.

Independent care workers and domiciliary care workers may choose to add travel time pay to their benefits. However, this depends on the agreement with the client.

There are no academic qualifications for a care worker job but most employers do ask for health and social care certificates with accreditation such as health and social care levels 2 or 3. These training courses are readily available year-round and are generally affordable.

Experience, even if it is volunteer work or caring for a family member, is a bonus. This may help you in getting a care position.

Some employers offer paid apprenticeships. This provides you with both the accreditation and work experience needed for the position.

One of the benefits of a career in adult care is that there is plenty of opportunity for career progression. There are many specialisations within the industry, giving you the chance to further develop your skill set.

Working as a carer can be good preparation for a career in healthcare because there are many overlapping areas. Carers may also choose to transition into administration and management.

If you are willing to take training courses, study, and gain new experience, there is great opportunity for career progression in adult care.

It is possible to get grants and funding schemes for adult learners, including those wanting to improve their qualifications in adult care. Good starting places for learning more about career funding and grants are:

Employers may also choose to pay for your training. If their budget does not allow for it, employers can apply for the Workforce Development Fund.

A residential care home and a nursing home are not the same, despite many people using these terms interchangeably. The similarity is that both facilities offer 24/7 care, prepare meals, and support the residents with basic care activities.

A residential care home is supervised accommodation, but the living situation is made to feel as much like independent living, as possible. Trained care workers, not healthcare workers, are present to support the residents with their daily lives but residents have more freedom in their activities.

A nursing home is specifically for people with medical needs. In nursing homes, there are always qualified healthcare professionals on duty to administer medication, monitor health status etc. The rooms are outfitted with specialised beds and equipment to cater to healthcare needs.

Domiciliary care refers to care support offered in a client’s own home. The client is still able to live independently but requires help with certain day-to-day activities.

With domiciliary care, the care worker visits the client’s home on a set schedule. This is often only for a few hours daily or a few days per week.

Shared lives schemes pair a carer with an adult with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other needs that make independent living more difficult. The carer and the client share a home and day-to-day activities, either fulltime or part-time.

Shared lives schemes are also known as adult placements. They are designed to create a bond between the carer and client, which helps the client develop a routine and skill set that prepares them for more independent living.

The essential guide to becoming a care worker

This guide is packed with useful information.
It’s written for people like you who are considering a career as a care worker.

What you’ll learn: