1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is to assist residents with personal care and getting them dressed; when required. I support them to eat and drink in the dining rooms if they need it. I also support with activities and take the resident down to join in with activities if they want to join in.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned new skills such as communication and interacting with lots of different people. I have also learned about dementia and how it affects brain function which can change their behaviours. I have really enjoyed learning about dementia and i am doing this as part of a presentation next week for my English.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy it; i just think sometimes i am not given enough time when the work is sent over by my assessor to complete for the deadline of her next visit. I have had a lot of support from my workplace; i get on with everyone and if i need anything they are there to support me.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme has been well structured; my assessor has given me lots of information about when i will hit certain targets. My workplace have been great as i am always given my study day without an issues they allow me time to meet with my assessor which is really important for me.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support; everyone has been great. My workplace supports me brilliantly, my Talent and Early Careers advisor has been to see me regularly and i know i can pass on concerns. I know if i do have any concerns i can speak to my manager and they will be addressed.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
When my assessor is here she is very supportive and i feel i get lots done on her visits. however once she leaves and says she will pass on work she doesn't always pass it on quickly enough and i feel pressured into completing before my next meeting with her.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think it is really important as you learn new things everyday and by doing the modules you are doing this alongside the role of a carer; so you can see how each module fits into the qualification and how the qualification is improving my skills and understanding. Also i know what i am working toward and can see at the end a qualification i want.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
I haven't done anything much with my work colleagues as i have my family to look after. But i have met one of the carers for coffee which was nice. If there were any outings planned then i know i would be asked to join in as they are a really good team and do involve me.
9a. Would you recommend Anchor Trust to a friend?
I think the carers are lovely so this would encourage me to tell my friends. The manager is great and would do anything for you and i think as part of Anchor they are like minded people and i am sure going into another home they would have similar experience to me.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Anchor Trust?
I would tell them to be open minded as you work with individuals that have different illnesses and conditions, so this can make it challenging at times. but it is also very rewarding. I would tell them to be honest in their application and during their interview to be themselves and this will help them to be successful.
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