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Types of job roles in social care

Care Assistant – You will work with people who need direct care and you will be responsible for an individual’s overall comfort and independence. This may involve personal care, supporting people with social and physical activities or mental stimulation and monitoring individual’s conditions such as weight and temperature.

Personal Assistant – you will work directly with one or more individuals to support them in every aspect of their daily living and enable them to live as independently as possible. You will be employed directly by an individual who manage and pay you for their own care. You will work from their home. Responsibilities are like that of a Care Assistant, but you would likely be working with fewer people, so care is much more personalised. You’ll also help with more day to day activities such as cooking, shopping, activities and work/school.

Activity Coordinator – Design and oversee social activities for people who need care and support or assist them to develop their own. You will be responsible for creating individual activity plans. Activities could range from organising trips externally to booking entertainment to be delivered in the care setting., Activities also range from things that the individual likes and things that are good for them.

Occupational Therapist – An occupational therapist helps people with care needs such as disability, illness, trauma or ageing to maintain their independence as much as possible through advising and prescribing physical treatment and equipment that may help them.

Social Worker – Social Workers help people adjust to changes in their lives as a result of illness, ageing, disability, mental health or bereavement by providing advice and support and assessing peoples care needs. You will work as team of social workers and may work closely with the police, health services, schools, colleges and probation services.

Project Lead – There are a range of posts that have been created to support a coordinated approach to specific services such as end of life or dementia care. The roles may have different job titles such as coordinator, project lead or facilitator and may be bases in a local service or across and area in which the care provider works in. You will work in partnership with a range of organisations to coordinate care services.

Team Leader/Senior Care Worker – You will lead and supervise a team of care workers, ensuring they provide high quality care and support. You will also work with your manager to ensure that standards and processes are followed and maintained.

Care Coordinator – This role is usually based in community social care, where you will be coordinating shifts for carers visiting clients or making sure a residential or nursing home is properly staffed.

Business Support – You could be working as an administrator for a domiciliary care company, as a receptionist for a nursing home, or in the office of a supported living provider. You will support the day to day administration, including customer enquiries and budgeting.

Business Owner – You will own a service such a residential home of domiciliary care service. You may want to have significant input into the day to day running of the service or prefer to appoint a manager to lead on all aspects of operational practice.

Registered Manager – You will leave and supervise a team of care workers, enquiring they provide high quality care and support. You will also work with your manager to ensure that standards and processes are followed and maintained.

Art Therapist – Art Therapists use Art, Drama or Music to help people who are struggling to communicate and verbally express their feelings. You will help address difficult emotional issues in a creative way. This may involve working in a care home to help people with complex care needs express the way they are feeling, or to help calm and relax them through therapeutic creative activities.

ChefWorking in a care home as a Chef can be quite different to working in a busy restaurant. Care home Chef jobs can be short term temporary positions or permanent jobs. In general, working in a care home kitchen means being part of a small team preparing and serving meals to the residents of the home. You need to be aware of good nutrition and be able to cater for special dietary requirements.

Care home catering staff are required to have a valid enhanced DBS dated within the last 12 months and most positions will need you to have a Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate dated within the last 3 years. Care home kitchens tend to be smaller with fewer staff members, as the Chef you can expect your role to involve many tasks. As well as preparing and cooking the meals you may be responsible for managing and ordering the supplies, menu creation and ensuring the kitchen and equipment meets all health and safety requirements.

Other jobs within catering in a care home would be cook and kitchen assistant.