Care training is an ongoing process

As a care worker, your training should never stop. You can get by in a care environment with basic training and a staple set of skills, but to really provide exceptional care and to become amazing at your job, you should always be looking to learn new skills and knowledge.
It is important, however, not to take on too much at once. You should focus on one care training course at a time, mastering your new skill before moving on to the next one.
A good way to identify gaps in your skills is to review recent incidents or situations in the care environment you work in where you didn’t know what to do, or you feel you could have performed better. Get together with your colleagues and management team and discuss areas which need improvement. For example, you or your team members may need extra training on the following:
• Challenging behaviour
• Conflict management
• Epilepsy awareness
• Nutrition awareness
• Medication awareness
• Dementia training
• Person centred care
• Care planning
• Loss and bereavement
Remember – as a care worker, you should always be looking to improve your skill set and your knowledge.