Explore the Roles

There are different places where you could work in adult social care, including at someone’s home, a residential care home, or inviting someone to live with you through a Shared Lives scheme.

Anyone at any stage of life could need care and support while living at home and in their community. This includes the elderly, people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment or physical disabilities. Supporting people in care can come in a number of roles:

What might you do?

  • Supporting people with social and physical activities
  • Booking and accompanying people to appointments
  • Helping with personal care such as showering and dressing
  • Assisting people with eating and drinking
  • Monitoring individuals’ conditions by taking their temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and possibly helping with medication.

What experience and qualifications do you need?

You don’t necessarily need qualifications to become a care worker. What’s really important is that you’re a compassionate, kind and thoughtful person. Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and numeracy skills such as GCSE A-C in English and Maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications though – if you’re interested, you can work towards them once you start the job.

What skills do you need?

  • Good standard of English, numeracy and digital skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • The ability to understand and follow policies and procedures
  • Good writing skills to fill in care plans

What are care and support workers in Surrey doing…

Care and Support workers support people with all aspects of their daily life, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and meal times. A Surrey worker can work in care homes, people’s own homes or in the community, and can support lots of different people including adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia and other mental health conditions.

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