I understand that you want to work in the Care profession. As I have worked in Care for a couple of years now, I thought I’d let you know a few things to help you out. There are different terms used in care which would be handy for you to know, for example “duty of care”. Duty of care means you have a legal obligation to always act in the best interest of individuals and others. Not to act or fail to act in a way that results in harm. Act within your competence & not take on anything you do not believe you can safely do. Failure to follow these can lead to disciplinary action or even prosecution. As part of “duty of care” not only are you working within the law but also with policies and procedures and agreed ways of working within your own workplace . These are in place not only to protect and guide individuals, but also their families, friends, their property, work colleagues, your employ and yourself.
Working in care you are accountable for your own work and to take responsibility for maintaining
& improving your knowledge skills. Keep accurate and up to date records and protect confidential information. Safeguarding individuals from harm or being treated unfairly. Understand that people have the right to make choices, help them to remain independent, fulfilling their lives.
I know it sounds a lot to remember but you will find that we all support each other and there is always someone on hand for advice whether it be another work colleague, a manager, a supervisor, a doctor, a district nurse, a social worker or even a family member.
Sometimes bad things happen, equipment isn’t working or care needs change, if you notice any of these you have to report these to a senior member of staff, even if it’s about a work colleague.
Sometimes you may even need to talk to someone about a senior member of staff, if you feel the need to do so, you can do this confidentially with another senior member staff.
Sometimes you may feel that there is a conflict between