Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
Outcome 1: Understand what is required for competence in own work role
Outcome 1.1 Describe the duties and responsibilities of own work role:
Write a job description for your work role, which outlines your duties and responsibilities.
My duties and responsibilities in my work setting are to take charge and lead the shift I am working, to delegate and to motivate care staff and to ensure they are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. My duties also include ensuring all paperwork has been completed for each shift and that the monthly care plans have been reviewed for each resident. I also liaise with my manager and deputy manager about any concern regarding the residents or about the shift, as a senior carer my duties also include administering medication to each resident and to follow MARR sheets, it also includes ensuring that the residents are happy and if they need anything, i.e. doctor, dentist, chiropodist and a CPN.
My responsibilities are to be professional at all times and to carry out manual handling training to all staff, I also complete all manual handling risk assessments for each resident.
Time to reflect:
Compare the job description that you wrote above with the official description for your job role – How do they compare?
Both job descriptions are very similar the only difference is that I review manual handling risk assessments and that I train staff in their manual handling.
Outcome 1.2. Explain expectations about own work role as expressed in relevant standards.
Identify three of your key duties and responsibilities. For each:
1. Administering of medication
2. Taking Charge of a shift
3. Writing daily report sheets
Describe how relevant National Minimum Standards, Codes of Practice and National Occupational Standards say you should perform at work.
The National Minimum Standards says that to administer medication you must be a competent person that the Nurse in Charge selects for the positions of Senior Care Workers. They must be correctly trained, with ongoing training that must be kept up to date. Those chosen must be competent by National Occupational Standards in the selecting, checking and preparing correctly the medication according to the medication administration record accurately. They must also ensure that an assistant is with them to countersign the charts when controlled drugs are administered for no discrepancies, and to safely dispose of medication if the need arises. Also ensuring that the medication trolley is locked at all times. They must also safely administer the medication following the written instructions and in line with legislation, local policies and the homes policies. Also checking that the individual has actually taken the medication in line with the Code of Practice with dignity and care, communicating with the individual at all times for them to have reassurance, also checking of any changes at the start of shift by the Manager. They must also know the effects of any medication that may have side effects and know when to call for the GP or emergency services when needed.
Taking charge of a shift within the care profession is a responsibility that must be adhered to, by the National Occupational Standards procedure. Handover of shifts will be with the senior staff, acknowledging all of the up to date issues that are current for that day. Then managing and supporting the workers, to act as a role model to encourage them to do the same when promoting individuals wellbeing. Supporting workers to manage their work, giving any advice where needed, monitoring and evaluating their achievements or incompetence that may need addressing or reporting to the manager. Manage and support workers in to developing their skills, implementing systems and practice in following procedures and policies. Coping with any problems,