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Care Worker

Care worker

Care work is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. As a Care Worker you could be supporting people working in a care home, in the local community or in someone’s home. Working with older people, people with learning or physical disabilities or people with mental health problems, you’ll focus on promoting independence, wellbeing and helping people have control over their lives, including maintaining their relationships with family and friends. You may also support adults who have substance abuse problems, have offended, are living with HIV or AIDS, or are involved with the criminal justice system.

What is unique about this role?

Occupational therapists work with a number of people at any one time. This is often referred to as a caseload. Day-to-day work involves assessing people’s physical, psychological, social and environmental needs, considering their strengths, abilities and health care needs.

Occupational therapists will find out what someone wants and needs to be able to do and then consider if their home or work environment supports or hinders their ability to do those things. This might include support with self-care, household chores, getting out and about, adaptations to your home, finding or staying in work or education, or taking part in social and leisure activities.

Occupational therapists also play a vital role in helping people recover after hospital discharge working alongside social workers and physiotherapists and the NHS.

Occupational therapists can make a real difference giving a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way people feel about the future.


Career Pathway

Depending on experience Care Workers can expect to earn approximately £18,000 per year. Through career progression and any carer related qualification obtained you can increase your salary.