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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

20th July 2016

Can someone with 15 years experience but no qualifications work as a senior carer?

I have an employee who trained as a nurse for three years but did not pass here nurse and she has a 15 years experience in care with very good traceable references, but she doesn't have the NVQ level 3. Can she work as a senior carer? The university has provided an evidence that she studied nursing with them.

This is an interesting question.

There is no set criteria for appointing a senior carer and her experience is in itself enough, but if I were in your position I would look for someway of being able to demonstrate her competence.

This would not be difficult.

She could begin with the Care Certificate which she should be in a position to demonstrate her competence very quickly and hopefully this will lead her on to a further qualification.

Please come back to me if you have a supplementary question.

Best wishes,


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