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Home care workers pay an important part in the delivery of care services today. Do their status and training reflect this importance?

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Home care workers pay an important part in the delivery of care services today. Do their status and training reflect this importance? In this assignment I will attempt to explain the importance of community care and the role of the social care workers since The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 (NHSCCA 1990). I will mainly draw upon the K100 study material as well as my own experience. I shall start with the term 'community care' and its development. The community care has had a variety of meaning over the past centuries. In the eighteen century community care meant making arrangements to support people who needed care in their own communities, their own homes. Hospitals were very expensive and far between so locally elected overseers were responsible for making provisions for community care. With The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 "poor people who needed care" were to live in institutions like a workhouse and then public assistance institution. ...read more.

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This is, however, extremely deceiving as the carers themselves have come to recognize. A great amount of specialist skills is highly essential when completing some of the tasks mentioned above. Many workers, who were employed only about ten years ago, would say "I was just thrown in and had to get on with it". Community care is now going through an evolution. As the Code of Conduct for the Social Care Workers (2002) states: "The workers are accountable for the quality of their work and to take responsibility for maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills." (Unit 3, p.162)3) Parallel to this is the Code of Conduct for Employers (2002) stating that employers have a duty to provide relevant training and development opportunities for their staff. Recent step up in training requirements for the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) has offered some sort of a "training package" and provided systematic framework as well as the opportunity for the workers to reflect on their working practices. Unfortunately, financing this is becoming increasingly difficult as majority of the care providers come from voluntary sectors. ...read more.

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qualification is a usual requirement for majority of the job vacancies. It is important to recognize that as social care workers we are playing an active role in our society. Together with the service users we are just a beginning of a one enormous wishes circle. And somewhere at the end of this circle there are people who make decisions. But shouldn't the end meet the beginning at some point? It is a circle, after all. Word count: 972 Reference: 1) Open University (2005) K100 Understanding Health and Social Care, Unit 3 'Social Care in the Community', Section 1.3, Milton Keynes, The Open University 2) Open University (2005) K100 Understanding Health and Social Care, Unit 3 'Social Care in the Community', Section 3.4, Milton Keynes, The Open University 3) Open University (2005) K100 Understanding Health and Social Care, Unit 3 'Social Care in the Community', Section 3.3, Milton Keynes, The Open University 4) Open University (2005) K100 Understanding Health and Social Care, Unit 3 'Social Care in the Community', Section 3.5, Milton Keynes, The Open University ?? ?? ?? ?? Martina Danelova X6458324 TMA 01 1 ...read more.

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