Is a carer who is shadowing allowed to visit clients alone? | QCS

Can I ask if a carer is on shadowing, is she allowed to visit clients on her own? Where clients are double-up calls for hoisting, should there be 2 carers, not 1 carer and the shadowing carer only?

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The purpose of shadowing is to gain an insight into what the role entails and shadow shifts should be carried out by an experience care team member. It is an opportunity for the new care worker to use the knowledge and the skills they have acquired in induction and shouldn’t then be seen as a new pair of hands ready to plug any recruitment holes.  Therefore, all carers should be supervised when on shadowing and must not visit customers on their own. Double-up calls for hoisting should always be conducted by two carers in addition to the carer that is shadowing. Only once shadowing has been completed and the carer is signed off and fully inducted can they conduct visits on their own or as part of a double-up call.

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Philippa Shirtcliffe is Head of quality at QCS. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years working in Health and Social Care. She has had varied career undertaking operational and strategic leadership roles within social care.
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