What else can a residential care home assistant do?Written by Super Admin
Clare, 19, earns £13,000 as a residential care home assistant,
with an NVQ level 2 in health and social care. She is aiming for a
public or voluntary sector career.
2 Working for an acute hospital trust is something that would open up a range of career options. As a healthcare assistant on a surgical orthopaedic ward, she would care for patients alongside the nursing team. She would be trained to NVQ level 3 and would become an assistant practitioner. She could expect to earn up to £16,333, and could also be funded in future to complete a relevant foundation degree.
3 Community pharmacy is changing fast as pharmacists' clinical roles are expanding. Clare might be taken on as an advanced apprentice and be trained to become a pharmacy technician. She would dispense medicines and provide advice and information to patients, and could expect to be paid around £80 a week. A qualified technician earns between £16,800 and £20,300.
4 Clare might decide to take the first step towards becoming a qualified social worker. There is a recruitment crisis in the sector at the moment so she might start off as a local authority social work assistant, supporting qualified social workers and earning from around £15,000. Her council employer might sponsor her to complete the social worker degree.
5 Clare might stay with her employer if it invested in her professional development. She might ask it to pay for her to complete a NVQ level 3 in health and social care and a NVQ level 4 in leadership and management for care services, which could open the door to management opportunities in the residential care sector. It is a good move as there is an explosion of extended care developments so her career options are wide. Care home managers' salaries start at around £20,000.