Senior care assistant, adult social care support worker
Senior care workers provide physical and emotional support to individuals and supervise teams of care assistants.
Salary range: £15,500 to £22,000
How to become a senior care worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directy
You could do a college course in care work, for example:
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could do a lead adult care worker advanced apprenticeship to get into this career and then take further training on the job.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as a care support worker and move into a senior role through further training and promotion.
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got relevant skills and experience in social care or health.
Employers may also ask for a qualification in care or health.
You can find out more about careers in care from Think Care Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work on your own
- excellent verbal communication skills
- business management skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks
- have a full driving licence
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- supervising a team of care assistants
- writing care plans
- monitoring patients’ vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate
- completing patient medication records
- developing and leading activities for service users
- keeping families up to date about their relative’s progress
- training and mentoring new staff
- attending team meetings with service managers
- providing emergency cover
You could work at a client’s home, in an NHS or private hospital or at an adult care home.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience and training you could specialise in particular areas like dementia care, stroke management or in supporting people with learning disabilities.
You could also progress to become an assistant practitioner, deputy service manager or care home manager.