Residential Support Worker Salary
Healthcare in the UK is a huge sector and one of much debate. Continual challenges around budgets in the public sector have meant a change in the ways in which many people receive care. Changes in life expectancy and our ability to support individuals with a diverse range of care needs means there is high demand for care provision. With so much opportunity, private sector organisations have taken advantage, diluting the care provision available to many people, this is great news for anyone interested in building a career healthcare and working in care support worker jobs.
If you are looking to specialise in a particular care support job role, you could consider working as a Residential Support Worker.
What is a residential support worker?
Residential support workers look after children and vulnerable adults with a wide range of disabilities and support needs. Often those in care will reside in purpose built accommodation and carers will visit regularly or live in such properties to provide around the clock care. It is the perfect role for anyone who enjoys helping others and making a difference in people’s lives.
Daily role of a Residential Support Worker
On a daily basis, there is a broad range of activities that the residential support worker will undertake. From the start of the day, the support worker may help someone to get out of bed, wash, toilet and get dressed, then throughout the day provide physical support. It could be the responsibility of support workers to ensure that housing is maintained in a clean and hygienic way for the person in care, as well as helping them with daily activities and making sure they can get out of the home.
There are some other important responsibilities too:
- Often residential support workers may be given responsibility to help individuals maintain their finances and plan budgets for shopping, food and clothing.
- They may help the individual to communicate while providing the family with regular updates on wellbeing as well as other healthcare professionals.
- They may offer one-to-one group therapy sessions
As much as is possible, the role of the residential support worker is to support those in their care to live independent and enriching lives.
Benefits of Being a Residential Support Worker
For anyone who cares about making a difference in the lives of those in need, this is the perfect job role. The fulfilment of helping people can be highly gratifying. For others there are opportunities to develop a successful career into leadership and management roles, overseeing teams of residential support workers.
The hours in this kind of position can often be long. However, this can often result in overtime and salary increments for working through the night by being on call.
Quite often there can be flexibility when time off is required when working in a close knit team where support workers can cover one another’s shifts.
Salary Expectations for a Care Support Worker
Salaries of support workers can vary significantly depending on some factors. Typical entry level qualifications are NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care. However, those with a higher qualification may benefit from a premium salary. Anyone with specialist care knowledge may also find that improved salary terms are negotiable.
Typically starting salaries for care workers are in the region of £16k per annum across the UK. On a monthly basis, you can expect to take home in the region of £1170.
There are some niche skills which can further support you in developing the residential support worker career further. Experience and knowledge of risk management are vital and can in some circumstances contribute to a 23% premium on average salaries. Those experienced in providing home care and assisted living will also benefit with increased earnings potential of 4% and 1% respectively.
Career Path in Support Care
Of course, for many the residential support worker job position is just the start of the career in care. With many private and public sector organisations providing services there is plenty of potential for career enhancement.
Quite often progression will require the attainment of certain qualifications in health and social care such as the NVQ Level 3 and Level 4 for managerial roles. While learning about care theory, candidates will also start to discover new leadership skills. There are also opportunities to move into more specific areas of care, where knowledge of certain conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or learning difficulties is necessary for career progress.