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Senior care worker 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, a pound sign Salary: £15,500 to £22,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 16 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need:

You can also start in senior roles with a nursing qualification.

You may need a driving licence.

Think Care Careers has more information about becoming a senior care worker.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent caring skills
  • leadership skills
  • attention to detail

3. 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

4. Salary

Starter: £15,500 to £18,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £22,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work from 16 to 40 hours a week. Flexible working is common. You’ll also be on call to cover staff shortages and emergencies.

You’ll be based in a care home, hospice or sheltered housing or visit clients in their own homes.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017