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Care assistant senior jobs will see you working in a large and growing UK sector. Approximately 1.5 million people work in this sector, with positions found across both the public and private sectors. Adult social care contributes roughly £43 billion to the UK economy. Thousands of senior care assistant employers exist, with the NHS and private care homes always in need of trained and experienced care professionals.
The role can be demanding, with you working closely with patients of all ages and needs. As a senior care assistant, you will also be required to undertake managerial tasks, such as assigning work and creating a safe and stable working environment. Keep reading to learn how to become a senior care assistant, including required qualifications and experience.
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Your duties as a senior care assistant will likely involve a mixture of care and supervisor tasks depending on the sector and size of your employer. Supervisor duties will include overseeing different shifts, including assigning work, ensuring all regulations are being followed and responding to emergencies. You may be required to oversee junior members and deal with family members and other external parties, such as caterers.
You will likely also be expected to help with stock control, ensuring staff numbers are always adequate and communicating messages from senior management. Other general care duties you may need to carry out, include:
- Assist patients with dressing/undressing, washing and moving
- Serve meals to patients and administer medication
- Create and carry out activities to help improve patient well being
- Help patients with daily tasks, such as paying bills and attending appointments
There are no formal senior carer qualification requirements to enter the care industry. Entry-level positions can often be easily found, and these are a great way to enter this rewarding sector. However, to progress to more senior positions, you will be expected to have some recognised qualifications in health care. There are various qualifications you can attain, including NVQs and BTECs in areas such as health care and social care.
For senior-level care assistant positions, you will often be required to have several years of relevant experience and qualified to at least NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Relevant senior care assistant skills and experience that will help in your career development in the care sector, include:
- Experience of dementia care
- Experience of giving medicine to patients
- Experience of supervising others
- Working knowledge of key care principles
- Working knowledge of care and health & safety regulations
Senior care assistant jobs can provide good long-term career prospects. The role remains in good demand, with positions found across both the public and private sectors. You will likely have many opportunities to study for healthcare qualifications that will enable you to progress professionally. This will also allow you to specialise in a specific area should you wish. This can include areas such as dementia care, learning disabilities or stroke management.
Senior roles will become available once you gain experience and of course based on your own abilities. Such positions include deputy service manager and care home manager roles. Wages depend on various factors, including sector, size of employer and area you specialise in. The average care assistant senior salary is £20,000, with this rising to around £25,000 for positions in London. From here, salaries can rise regularly as you gain more experience. Management-level roles in this sector can offer salaries rising to £50,000.
Care assistant senior jobs can be very rewarding, both professionally and personally. You will be working with patients that need your help and you will be helping to improve their lives on a daily basis. The role comes with good long-term security and opportunities to specialise in an area that of interest to you. Positions can be found in many different sectors, and there are often opportunities to work shift if you wish.
Working with patients can also of course be stressful at times. Patients may be demanding, and you will need to always remain professional. You will need to always pay close attention to everything you, particularly when administering medicine. Senior roles also include the need to handle staffing issues, including training and assigning work, which some people can find difficult. Shift work, including the need to work nights and weekends is also common.