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 aftercare of a person with these needs.
(National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare)
Why consider a career in adult social care?
Adult social care is a growing sector, which offers job flexibility, security, rising pay scales and a range of rewarding careers. There are many different job roles with lots of opportunities for progression. Some roles in adult social care require different qualifications and experience.
(visit: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/ Care­careers/Think­Care­Careers/ Home­Page.aspx)
To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life. You will need to have good communication and listening skills whilst being passionate about supporting other people to live a more independent and fulfilling life.
To ensure you are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults. Employers will carry out background checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) This is normal and standard practice.
What are the pathways to working in Adult Social Care in Oxfordshire?
­ Voluntary work
­ Further Education
­ Via the Job Centre
­ Via the National Careers Service
­ Apply direct to a care company
­ Register with OACP as a job seeker and
be matched to jobs advertised by OACP care provider members
What age do you have to be to work in adult social care?
You can work in adult social care from the age of 16. If aged 16 to 17, you must be undertaking a formal care qualification,
in the form of an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care. Some young people who have been carers may also choose to work in the sector. Due to career changes, many people are choosing to move into care jobs later in life, bringing their wider experience to the job.
Do I need qualifications?
For direct care roles, you will be asked to complete the Common Induction Standards (CIS) when you start work, these courses are a great introduction into the care sector, non­direct care roles can also benefit from this training. You will also be asked to complete the care certificate.
Although qualifications are not essential for working in the care sector, there are a number of qualifications that you can work towards as a volunteer or within your first
care job. The current qualifications in health and social care are diplomas (which have replaced NVQs) although many workers will still hold NVQs that are still valid. The most common qualifications are the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care and the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. As well as the diplomas there are a range of smaller Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifications, which can support workers in more specialist areas of social care or with particular interests or
requirements. These CPD
qualifications will be
either Awards or
Certificates.
Get into social care today ­ make a change in your life ­ make a difference
to the lives of others!
If you want a career ­ full time or part time ­ where you can progress, have job security, and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are helping other people, then adult social care is for you and we want to hear from you!
Jane Wood ­ OACP
To learn more about OACP or to register as a job seeker visit: www.oacp.org.uk/jobs
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