Why did you choose to work in social care?
I lived with my grandparents growing up and really wanted to look after the elderly. My grandparents played a huge role in my upbringing and I wanted to somehow pay that back to them. I felt it would be rewarding and have always been quite an outgoing person so confidence wouldn’t be an issue.
Have you always worked in adult social care?
I worked as a waitress during school and when I first left school, I wanted a career in nursing but I enjoyed working and having my own money and independence so decided to decline a placement at Oxford Brookes University to do mental health nursing. I also wanted to move out of my childhood home and start living alone which I wouldn’t have been able to do had I gone to university.
What is your role?
I am now working as the head of care at Spencer Court in Woodstock, this is for the Orders of St John Care Trust. I have worked at Spencer Court for 10 years this year, starting as a carer and working my way up to head of care. We support residents with dementia and parkinsons and those who generally need that extra support as they get older.
What training have you had?
I started with 2 A levels in Psychology and Health and Social Care. Since then I have completed many NVQ/QCF qualifications on the job. I now have a Level 2 and 3 qualification in Health and Social Care, Level 3 in Dementia Care and a Level 2 in Leadership and Development.
What does your role involve?
I support a team of staff, and assist in areas if they need an extra helping hand.
I sometimes have to deal with emergencies, GPs, nurses and mental health teams.
I complete a daily audit of care plans, and make sure all shifts are covered.