Nurse or carer: which job is for me? | Prestige Nursing + Care

Want to get into healthcare but unsure where your future lies? Find everything you need to know about nursing and care careers at Prestige Nursing and Care.          

Careers in the social care sector are both varied and rewarding. However, for those interested in health and social care careers, making sense of all the different options can be challenging. Two of the most common routes into the social care sector include becoming a nurse and being a care worker. Both of these directly involve providing the vulnerable with care and meeting their needs, but have different responsibilities and require different routes into them.

Becoming a carer

A care worker provides vulnerable people, such as the disabled or elderly, with support and supervision, either in the form of homecare or in a residential care setting.

Care workers carry out a wide range of tasks that their clients need help with. This includes assisting with tasks such as washing, eating and getting dressed, and can also involve helping people to maintain their independence by leaving the house. Care workers also have more specific healthcare-related responsibilities, such as looking after dressings, administering medication, and monitoring temperature, blood pressure or respiration as required.

Becoming a carer requires flexibility, and a willingness to learn and respond to clients’ needs. 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.

Becoming a nurse

Nursing is an incredibly broad profession, and nurses work right across the spectrum of providing healthcare – from mental health to paediatric nursing. Many are directly involved in the provision of social care, with Skills for Care estimating that there are over 50,000 registered nurses in its workforce. While nurses make up only a small part of the total social care workforce, they are vital to its effective functioning.

Nurses work either as part of a team or as an individual to deliver care, and their responsibilities are numerous. The role typically involves providing care, administering medications, and assessing vulnerable people’s care requirements – but can also involve much more. As nurses’ skillsets become more advanced they can move from being a registered nurse to a nurse practitioners – who have significantly more responsibilities.

As with care work, becoming a nurse requires good interpersonal skills, empathy and an ability to work well with others. Nurses additionally need to be very well organised, good communicators, and have specific nursing skills.

Pathways to care

Becoming a carer is open to anybody with the empathy and enthusiasm for the role, and while there are formal qualifications that can be obtained, training can also be done while on the job.

Nursing requires more formal qualifications than care work does, with those looking to work in the sector needing to study a course accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

If you are looking for nursing or care jobs, or have any other queries, 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

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.