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Community Level 3rosierozi

rosierozi

Care Assistant jobs. Diamond review

AdvantagesMeet lovely people,rewarding.

DisadvantagesCleaning up vomit,etc,early mornings,rates of pay.

"...any drugs prescribed for clients health issues. I'll get a half hour break after this. Usually between 1pm and 2pm,the home is silent,as the majority of clients will choose to sleep after their meal. Those that dont,usually amuse themselves,some will have visitors and some will go out for a walk with a Carer. 2.30 - 3pm. This is when another tea trolley goes out. Everyone is awash with tea and coffee and this job usually takes about 30-45 ..." Read review
06.01.2008

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Community Level 4the_evil_aku

the_evil_aku

The backbone of the NHS

AdvantagesGood pay and prospects, Educational

DisadvantagesStressful, early mornings and late nights

"The job role of a Health Care Assistant or Health Care Support worker as they are now known is a role like no other. Challenging to many and rewarding to all, working as part of a Hospital team can really open your eyes to the world around you. As a HCA your duties are to provide support and assistance to Health care professionals with nursing, domestic and general duties. Working as part of a varied and multidisciplinary team, the HCA position is ..." Read review
17.07.2004

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Community Level 5nereesa85

nereesa85

So....you want to wipe bums for a living?

AdvantagesFantastic people, old people ARE cute, satisfaction, first rung on the ladder.

DisadvantagesMinimum wage, smelly stuff, death.

"...level2 in Care, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Heath and Hygiene, Tackling Abuse, Care of Vulnerable Adults, Behaviour Management, First Aid, Aggression Management, Wound care, AND Pressure care All that lot in 2years and I haven't paid a penny!!! The company I work for paid for the whole lot! I have been offered the opportunity to do my NVQ Level3 in care which would enable me to apply for a senior Care Assistant's job (20p ..." Read review
02.11.2005

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Community Level 8dynamicnurse

dynamicnurse

Care For Me.

AdvantagesRewarding work.

DisadvantagesNot for everyone.

"...experiences of working as a health care assistant. In days gone past, the only things that health care assistants were allowed to do were washing and dressing patients or residents and helping them to have food and drink - the rest of it was then left up to the nurses or doctors. But as times have changed, so have the amount of things that health care assistants are able to do. Of course what they are actually able to do depends on where they ..." Read review
21.09.2012

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Community Level 7L0BSTER_QU...

L0BSTER_QUADRILLE

Is this A Career for You???

AdvantagesPhenomonal job satisfaction.

Disadvantagescan be quite upsetting at times.

"...initiative and common sense. As a Health Care Assistant, you can complete NVQ’s, up to NVQ3. These are workplace based qualifications (generally available to most workplaces these days). As each NVQ is completed the pay increases … The salary is approximately 11,000 (with no NVQ) – 13,800 (when completed NVQ3) per annum. With each NVQ completed, responsibility increases; allowing you to do such things as dressings; taking bloods; inserting canuler’s; ..." Read review
23.04.2004

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Community Level 3Alison3

Alison3

Caring for the elderly in their own homes

AdvantagesGetting to know these people and gaining their trust and friendship

DisadvantagesLosing the eople we have cared for

"...attempting an NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care which my company is financing. I must admit at 51 (not that old I know) I am finding it hard to re start to study again after so many years. We are not medical people, and can only remind clients to take their medication, and it certainly isn't all about wiping bums etc although that does come into it sometimes. And Of course one day these people will leave us either for a resedential home or in death.I ..." Read review
03.11.2008

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Community Level 5NURSE_BETTY

NURSE_BETTY

the life and times of a HCA

Advantagesjob satisfaction

Disadvantageshard work

"...ill nursing home and a Health Care Assistant (HCA) on a urology unit and on the nurse bank, which meant working from ward to ward (medical, surgical, orthopaedic, elderly, gynaecological, ENT, outpatients the list goes on..) all before starting my nurse training and now qualifying (all last). It is the role of the HCA that I am reviewing, A HCA is a valued member of the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) who is trained at there own level NVQ 1 & ..." Read review
27.04.2004

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Working as a HCA

AdvantagesHelping people, rewarding, the variety.

DisadvantagesPoor pay and bodily fluids, cleaning up poo! Some aggressive patients

"...it can be physically challenging. Health care staff aren't expected to lift patients and a manual handling practical course will teach you about using manual aids to lift and move patients. I enjoy some shifts more than others, for example I like working in children's clinics out in the community where I generally weigh and measure babies, do clerical tasks and tidy the doctor's rooms and clean the toys at the end of the clinic! I don't really like ..." Read review
26.06.2010

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Community Level 7kazziebears

kazziebears

I Cared enough to Assist

AdvantagesTo know that you have made a real difference to someones life

DisadvantagesCan be sad, depressing and hard work at times

"...the job as a temporary Health Care Assistant on a Care Of The Elderly Ward at one of the local hospitals. It was a 3-month contract and I decided that while I was doing this I would gain some experience and join the nurse ‘bank’. So that when it did end if I had not secured a more permanent position in the Trust by then I would be able to work as and when I could get shifts with the ‘bank’. This was April 4th 1994!! By ..." Read review
24.03.2002

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There's always going to be a need for carers

AdvantagesRewarding Career

DisadvantagesTime is your worst enemy

"...very little knowledge of The Health & Social Care sector and it wasn't until people told me I had great potential in the sector until I decided that this was the role I want to take on. I want to be a social, kind and caring person and I want a role that's both challenging and rewarding so this seemed to be the right role for me. I've had work experience in care homes and even job interviews. All I can see is that no organisation is ever the same. ..." Read review
10.03.2013

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Caring for the Elderly

AdvantagesA really rewarding job

Disadvantageswhen the residents die it`s heartbreaking

"At around the age of sixteen I left school, due to the fact that they were only offering an NVQ in Leisure and Tourism, this was`nt for me so I left in November 1996. My mum was`nt an easy person, she did`nt allow me to join the YTP as it was known then, by joining this I would be payed £32 a week for working in a work placement job and she was`nt having this. Before leaving school, I had already decided that I wanted to look after the elderly, ..." Read review
07.01.2008

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A learning curve in care.

Advantagesyour training as a carer is of vital importance.

DisadvantagesLittle or no understanding of what Special Needs actually means

"...what you like ) in Health and social care, that almost cost us to lose a residents life. I am the manager in a small care home privately owned and run by a small and dedicated care tea. We have eight mixed sex residents with learning difficulties whose ages range from 34 to 61 years. I have worked with the same eight residents for almost eight years and I know them as well as a person possibly could. Due to a medication change that one of our ..." Read review
21.02.2008

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Community Level 3halk

halk

Medical Technical Officer Operating Theatres

AdvantagesRewarding

Disadvantagesvery Demanding and Hard Work

"...because the position stands between Health Care Assistant and a Theatre Technician. So you can see you play a more technical role. Imagine this life of all competencies, Obstetrics and Gynaecology is my domain. Yes, I Help to deliver many babies everyday and once you have witnessed this.You will certainly have the wow factor. Other competencies include Urology, Ear Nose Throat, General and Orthopaedics, Bones to you and many other operations that ..." Read review
25.03.2007

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Community Level 3shelleyone

shelleyone

Do you care enough to care?

AdvantagesHelping people to stay at home, job satisfaction, puts a smile on peoples faces.

DisadvantagesCan be very long hours and some at very short notice.

"I was just being made redundant from a boring tedious job of picking and packing eggs. I had worked 7 yrs of weekends and bank holidays so I decided that I wanted to try something completely different. It wasn't a hard job but it involved alot of lifting. A friend told me about her job in a local nursing home and said she thought I ought to give it a go. I thought about what she had told me and decided to give it a try. Caring is a demanding but ..." Read review
29.04.2007

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Community Level 1AddisonFor...

AddisonForbes

The ups and downs of life as a care assistant

AdvantagesInteracting with the residents

DisadvantagesPoor pay

"I work as a care assistant on the dementia (SRC) unit of a residential care home. I've held my current post for a year now, having started off work in the kitchen. On the SRC unit we have 12 residents with varying needs, which is why I find it so interesting and rewarding. There are those who are more aware of their situation and surroundings and only get the odd moment of confusion about what time of day it is, for example, and then there are ..." Read review
21.06.2008

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