Month: December 2020

What skills do you need to work in care?

Social Work

The coronavirus pandemic has seen the UK forced into an unprecedented situation – we’ve changed the way we socialise, the way we travel and the way we work.

The health and social care industry has been massively affected by the pandemic – we’ve needed to adapt, follow new, rigorous processes to keep our service users safe.

Sadly, for many, particularly in the retail sector, work has not been possible as stores and hospitality venues have closed, with many not looking to reopen again. We’ve seen retail industry giants like Arcadia group disappearing, meaning a lot of people looking for jobs.

Well, did you know that a lot of the skills you gain working in retail jobs are transferrable skills, meaning they could be valuable for a career in care?

What skills do you need to work in care?

People skills and a passion for helping others

Of course, your job in care will be looking after people, so being a people person is vital! Everyone has a story to tell and you’ll learn this as you get to know your clients. The bonds formed between clients, client’s families and their carers is often a very special one – if you are someone that loves to get to know people this will serve you well.

Communication skills

Communication skills are vital for working as a carer, both in terms of written communication and face to face contact. Your service users or clients will often need to have their care explained to them. It’s important that this happens to preserve a clients dignity as much as possible. You’ll also need adequate written English skills to be able to things like writing up care plan details and reporting incidents in writing.

Working well under pressure

Working well under pressure is a really useful transferrable skills to have in a career in care. As well as being able to perform your job safely and effectively to keep others safe and healthy, you’ll need to remain healthy and well yourself, physically and emotionally.

Flexibility and commitment

A career in care is desirable for lots of people as care has no set hours! Its 7 days a week , 365 days a year – we are so grateful to our colleagues that look after people through the night, at weekends, on bank holidays and on days that many would spend with their families.

Responsibility

You are looking after vulnerable people who are dependent on your care, who often are dealing with frailty, chronic illness and possibly memory loss that can make basic everyday activities a challenge. This is a massive responsibility to bear but one that you may thrive on if you enjoy the challenge and pride yourself on the ability to act responsibly and for the benefit of the person you are looking after.

Cultural awareness

In your previous jobs you will no doubt have worked with people from all walks of life and different cultures. This will be a very useful skills for a care role as you will no doubt need to look after people from other cultures. Getting to learn people stories and celebrate with them is one of the most rewarding part of care in terms of the relationships you form with the people you look after.

Dedication

We’re working with a common goal at Sugarman Health and Wellbeing and that is to improve the lives of people that we look after. We takes a person-focused attitude to the care that we provide and appreciate the every person will have “tailored requirements” – we’ll work hard to acknowledge their likes and dislikes, daily needs and medical needs in order to give them the best care possible.

Learning new skills

Many care roles need the above transferrable skills, but don’t necessarily need you to have prior experience in care. You will however need to have the ability to learn new skills and retain important information. We offer mandatory training to ensure that all of our care workers are qualified to the appropriate level, to protect and safeguard the clients you support. Our training ensures you will be trained in line with the Government’s Skills for Care guidelines, and we also offer specialist training schemes that are developed to provide greater knowledge, awareness and qualifications around key specialist subjects such as Autism Awareness, Airway Management and Stoma Care.

Are you looking for a job in care?

If you are looking for work and would consider a job in care, we’d love to speak to you! With branches all over the country we can offer care jobs in the West Midlands, Cardiff, Essex, Cheshire, Dorset, West Yorkshire, Merseyside, London, Manchester, Surrey and more! Search for our latest care jobs on our website.

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Winter Car Care Tips for Support Workers

With the winter weather drawing in, we all know that warnings of icy roads can dominate the weather, news AND travel! Even though roads may be a little quieter with some working from home these days, it’s inevitable that wintery weather might still cause hold ups, and its important we make sure we can get to our clients!

That’s why it’s so important to have your car prepared for winter ahead of travelling to and from your locum placements, or visiting your Christmas bubble. Here are some of our top winter car care tips for healthcare workers on the road!

Keep your car well maintained

Car mechanic replacing and pouring fresh oil into engine at maintenance repair service station.

There’s nothing worse than a warning light coming on when you’re miles from a garage… except perhaps the car grinding to a halt in freezing cold or pouring rain! Take steps to avoid anything going wrong by carrying out some basic maintenance checks as soon as possible, preferably before the really icy weather sets in.

This should include:

  • Checking your car’s oil level
  • Checking your car’s coolant level
  • Check your car’s tyre pressures
  • Check all your lights including indicators are working

It’s also a good idea to get a mechanic to give your car a once over and get it serviced – this will check that everything is ok with your break, battery, air filtration; and tire treads. As well as the essentials, you don’t want to find that things like your windscreen wipers or heated windscreen have stopped working.

Put together an emergency kit

woman and cute jack russell dog enjoying outdoors at the mountain into the car. Travel concept. winter season

When it comes to travelling, especially when you’re driving long distances, there’s no such thing as being too prepared!

Prepare for emergencies and problems by putting together an emergency kit to keep in your car.

This should include everything you’ll need for if you get stranded by the side of the road for a while.

  • A portable power bank to charge your phone
  • A torch and extra batteries
  • Deicer for your windscreen
  • A first aid kit
  • Jump start cables
  • Tire gauge
  • A blanket or sleeping bag to keep you warm
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • A couple of bottles of water, preferably in BPA free bottles

Plan your routes before setting off.

Close up of traveler female hand holding her phone with navigation system. Young woman traveling by car, trying to find the shortest route to a certain destination

While it can be easy to rely on sat nav or Google Maps these days, plan out the route for your destination ahead of time. Check out something like AA Route Planner and print off or write down the roads or junctions you’ll need to take.

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