Everyday hundreds of social care workers quit. Scary when you are facing the prospect of an aging population and a sector that is already struggling to support everyone it needs to. Instead of sitting back, we are taking action.
We are working with local colleges and universities, such as the prestigious Oxford Brookes University, to show students just how amazing working in care can be. In November we had two students on work placements at Bartlett’s Residential Care Home. They worked closely with our staff and residents so that they could get a real feel for what a career in care is like.
Katherine and Christian took very different skills from their time with us. We wanted to make sure that we gave them work experience with as much variety as possible and it worked; they both expressed that they had learnt a lot, including skills they would certainly take forward.
Katherine was particularly interested to learn about personal care. She said, “Personal care was something very new to me as I had no previous care experience. I found this kind of experience eye opening and was surprised by the calm nature shown by the staff and residents in seemingly embarrassing situations.”
She also said that she gained very valuable communication skills. “Each day I would talk to residents and join in with the daily activities such as exercises, dancing, singing and knitting.”
Christian said that he was impressed to observe the personal care plans Bartlett’s employ to make sure that residents feel well looked after. He said, “There is no such thing as a general care plan at Bartlett’s, as each member of staff knows what fact or act will get the best out of each resident, how they like their hair to be combed, or what outfits they want to wear when they have visitors.”
We were very pleased to see that both students enjoyed working alongside our staff. They both commented on how friendly and supportive they are, something that made us immensely proud.
Katherine and Christian were wonderful work experience students. The social care sector would certainly benefit if likeminded people made social care their career of choice. We hope to see them changing lives very soon. In the meantime, we will continue to invite tomorrow’s social care superstars here in the hope that we can show them what a great sector this is.