Home care workers make the grade

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust held its annual graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of over 70 staff from various disciplines across the Trust who have earned their Qualifications and Credits Frameworks (QCF) qualifications.

Home care workers are one group in particular who benefit from this Trust supported professional development with nine home care workers receiving awards at the event at Greenmount Agricultural College on Thursday 8th June.

Home care workers undertake a range of person centred tasks that help fulfil an agreed package of care. Tasks can include assisting people to get in and out of bed, assisting with washing and showering, and supervising eating, drinking and taking medication.

Antrim, Ballymena and East Antrim Area Manager for Domiciliary Care, Amanda Williamson, said home care workers play a vital role in encouraging and supporting people to maximise their independence and effectively manage their health and care needs. Given the Trust’s commitment to support people in remaining well at home, there is an increased need for this home based front line service.

Home care workers gain a practical understanding of delivering front line health and social care services, providing beneficial experience for students in the university entrance process, and supporting the development of relevant and vital skills for any future health and social care career.

Causeway and Mid-Ulster Area Manager for Domiciliary Care, Fiona Gilmore, said “I congratulate all the Home Care workers who have been awarded their QCF. The home care worker role is a very valuable one and we’re delighted to support these staff in developing their skills. This qualification and the knowledge and skills our home care workers gain can open up other career opportunities where staff can progress towards a professional qualification in the health and social care system, or through the management structure. I would like to thank them for the efforts and wish them every success for the future.”

There is also opportunity for professional progression within the home care setting. Some workers have utilised the training support offered by the Northern Trust to move through management structures. Individuals can progress to leading and coordinating teams of home care workers as a Home Care Officer or managing the provision of all home care services as a Domiciliary Care Locality Manager.

The Northern Trust supports staff to gain QCF qualifications as part of their Continued Professional Development. Staff undertaking the QCF qualifications are required to build portfolios of evidence that demonstrate their ability to practice to national occupational standards of care. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about the role of a home care worker should visit www.hscrecruit.com  

 Home Care Workers with NT Chief Executive Dr. Tony Stevens (back row), NT Chair Bob McCann (front row) & Northern Assessment Centre Officer Christine Cuthbertson (back row far right)

Notes to editor:
1. The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a new credit transfer system which has replaced the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
2. The Northern Trust would welcome increased home care worker applications from men

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