How to become a personal care assistant

Are you interested in becoming a personal care assistant? Find out more about personal care and the current vacancies with Prestige Nursing + Care.

As the population gets increasingly older, the UK is set to see demand for care workers rise. Care workers, including personal care assistants, play an instrumental role in meeting the needs of the elderly and provide much needed support to patients. Becoming a personal care assistant can therefore provide a fulfilling and challenging career.

Prestige Nursing + Care is a leading provider of homecare services and personal care workers for the elderly, and currently have a huge range of roles on offer for those who want to work in the sector.

What is a personal care assistant?

A personal care assistant is someone who looks after a patient who needs social care, typically because of their age or disability. Personal care can often be provided in clients’ own homes, to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Being a personal care assistant can be a very flexible job, and we offer part-time and full time work on different days and at different times to suit your schedule and preferences. For example, the role is suitable for those who already have another part-time job, for someone who’s in college and may just want to work evenings or weekends, or even someone who is largely retired but wants a job for just a few hours a week.

What are the duties of a personal care assistant?

Personal care assistants carry out a wide range of tasks as required by their client. This includes assistance with tasks such as washing, eating and getting dressed, and can also involve helping people get out and about to boost their independence.

It is clear that no two days are likely to be the same and duties may include:

  • Help with day to day activities. Common tasks include cooking and meal preparation, cleaning or domestic activities, social activities – such as shopping, seeing friends or going on holiday – and administrative tasks.
  • More specific healthcare responsibilities, such as looking after dressings, administering medication, and monitoring temperature, blood pressure or respiration as required.
  • In some cases, helping to look after children and pets may also be required.

Personal care skills

Being a personal care assistant involves having a number of useful skills, with some of the most important being the ability to listen, be flexible and show a willingness to learn and respond. Good interpersonal skills are also a valuable asset, and the ability to relate to and work well with others – while also working well independently – is vital.

Working in the care sector – while hugely rewarding – can sometime be a stressful and challenging role so the ability to manage this while remaining calm, especially for the benefit of patients, is of the utmost importance.

How to become a personal care assistant

If you are looking for personal care jobs, including care home assistant roles, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks:

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.