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Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

How to become a private carer

I live in Bicester Oxfordshire and have 20 years in care. I have the NVQ 3 in care, City in Guilds in train the trainer, people handling & risk assessment, key trainer's certificate, health and safety level 2 for managers and other certificates. I was awarded the cross of Malta for my hard work in a care home . My question is I would like to be a private carer but do not know how to get the right advice on how to start?

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Alice

Dear Alice,

I think you are looking to provide care to just one service user.

If I am right then most people call this position a personal assistant.

If you go to the Skills for Care website www.skillsforcare.org.uk and put personal assistants into the search engine you will find a great deal of information and advice.

You will also find information on the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website http://www.scie.org.uk/atoz/?f_az_subject_thesaurus_terms_s=personal+assistants&st=atoz

The issue for you now may be how to meet a potential client.

I think to begin with you might approach a home care agency and also you should look out for adverts in your local paper.

Of course you can also do a search on line.

One of the important things that you need to consider is having the proper insurance.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes.

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.







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