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Support worker job description
Support worker job description

Support worker job description

At Hft we say ‘every moment has its potential’ and, as a support worker, you’ll have the opportunity every day to support someone with learning disabilities to get the most out of life.

Day-to-day
As a support worker, there’s no such a thing as a typical day – every day is interesting and varied. From providing personal care or emotional support at one of our residential care services, to supporting someone with housework or to meet up with their friend for coffee – you will be providing support that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

There will be some important admin to do as well, such as dispensing and recording medicines for the people you support, along with updating support records on our computer system.

Skills and personal qualities
Whatever your day includes, as a support worker you’ll need to be patient, caring and a great communicator. You’ll also need to work well as part of a team and be happy speaking to other healthcare professionals and family members of the person you’re supporting.

A driving license is also pretty important, as you may be taking people out for the day or needing to get to appointments. 
 
Hours of working
As a support worker, you’ll need to be flexible when it comes to the hours you work and you could be needed in the evenings, at weekends or overnight. It all depends what support the person needs.

Qualifications and experience
An NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care (or a similar subject) is ideal for becoming a support worker, but not essential, and a willingness to work towards one is definitely welcomed.

Experience isn’t essential to become a support worker, what’s most important is a commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities get the most out of life.

Find out more about a day in the life of a support worker by checking out our timeline.