A career in domiciliary care?
|Lesley Bell continues her analysis of how to improve the profile of domiciliary care| In my last column I wrote about the activities of the Joint Advisory Group in raising the profile of domiciliary care. One key activity was to look at the careers information available, and to update it if necessary and identify good practice. The author of the report came to the following conclusions: “In brief, the image of domiciliary care is a fragmented pattern of scattered information, of haphazard employment opportunities, unplanned recruitment, of sporadic training, and depressed esteem. There are some shining examples of good practice lighting up an otherwise uninspiring picture.” In particular the report picked up the following points:- – Generally, the care industry does not broadcast or celebrate its successes. However, a search through recent care journals revealed several examples of good practice. – There is no single clear voice for all providers and no visible local presence. – Care work co-exists with othe