Personal care is a consistently growing and demanding sector that presents many career opportunities. In general, health care services assist adults or children with physical or emotional illnesses.
Jobs include care manager, childcare assessor, community care assistant, foster carer, home care assistant, and night care assistant. Jobs also exist within education and include learning support careers, secondary school carers, and careers teachers.
You can start a career with the NHS, a local authority, or find direct employment by an individual or private organisation.
Your core responsibilities will depend on the field you enter. They may involve helping people with disabilities. In this role, you will assist people in their daily personal tasks such as dressing and bathing, organising schedules, and planning appointments. You might also manage housekeeping tasks such as laundry, vacuuming, washing, and grocery shopping.
Further responsibilities could include arranging transportation, changing bandages and dressings, and checking the individual's temperatures, pulse, and respiration, with or without a registered nurse's assistance. You could also work in a role that provides weekend respite care.
As a learning assistant, you will help children or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to further their education and skills.
Your salary will be role-based and affected by whether you have qualifications specific to the role, a degree, or vocational training.
A care manager with experience will earn an average of £37,000 and £67,000 at the highest levels. A home care assistant usually earns £20,000, and those in this field can eventually earn up to £26,500. A secondary school carer earns £30,000 with experience and with time, and possibly further qualifications can attain a salary of £40,000.
You will spend your time working in a care home, people's private homes, a school, or an office. You may be working on your own, in small groups, or out in the community. Working in the evenings and weekends is often part of the job, and you may work in challenging situations, such as with people who have substance abuse issues.
You will need the right attitude to work in personal care and a mindset of helping, compassion, listening, communication, and empathy. You will need to record information accurately, be detail orientated, cheerful, and physically fit. You may need medical skills, be able to work on your own, maintain good time management, and understand and follow procedures and policies.
A career in personal care is often demanding but always rewarding. If you like helping others and enjoy having people who rely on you, then you should consider joining Britain's personal care teams.