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5 Essential Skills All Care Assistants Should Have

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Having a job in social care is something we should all try at least once in our lives, it gives us the opportunity to help someone and get paid for doing so.

There are many career paths within the social care sector, many people choose the popular path of becoming a care assistant or care worker and go on to find a job in a residential care home, But what are the essential skills care assistants should have?

We have set out 5 skills we think are essential, these include some basic care assistant duties, check them out below:

1.Communication Skills

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills a care assistant must have. For social care workers, in general, it is vital that they quickly establish an individual’s communication and language needs and fully respect and work towards the person’s wishes and preferences. Active listening forms a large part of any care assistant's duties.

2. Compassion

It is vital that those working in a health and social care job treat their clients with compassion, dignity, empathy and respect. Providing Care in a compassionate manner is central to being a care assistant.

3. Competence

Competence in a health and social care job is absolutely essential. It is now a requirement that care workers complete thorough forms of training before working within the sector. Previously this was known as the common induction standards but is now titled the Care Certificate. It is important that all care assistants have the ability to understand an individual’s health and social needs and to deliver effective care and treatments based on proven research and evidence.

4. Commitment

To provide a good level of care and support you must have a real commitment to your patients. You must be committed to always looking for ways to improving a service user's life, supporting their independent and their experience of the service you provide. Having a job in social care is challenging and requires that you maintain a high level of commitment at all times.

5. Courage

Courage enables us to do the right thing for the people we care for, to speak up when we have
concerns and to have the personal strength and vision to innovate and to embrace new ways of
working.

Think you have the essential skills to be a care assistant? If so register to our site today and start applying for exclusive health and social care jobs.

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