The roles of a care assistant due to home office regulations in EU Nationals

Oct 25, 2019
Paul Johnson

It is a fact that the EU Nationals constitute a significant part of the UK. The home office regulations are aimed at granting access to EU Nationals and protecting their rights within the UK law. This is so that they are not denied benefits in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

As part of the home office regulations, applicants will have three steps to complete, which takes about 15 minutes:

  • Verify your identity
  • Show that you live in the UK
  • Declare any criminal convictions.

In most European countries, the role of care assistants has developed over the years. They are becoming an integral part of healthcare teams, working closely with registered nurses and other health professionals.

Care assistants referred to as Health Care Assistants in the UK are known as assistant practitioners in some European countries. Care assistants often work in hospital settings, with particular attention on geriatrics and gerontology wards.

Health care assistants provide direct personal care and assistance with activities of daily living to patients and residents in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, and residential nursing care facilities.

They generally work in the execution of established care plans and practices; Frequently, under the direct supervision of medical, registered nurses or other health professionals or associate professionals

Home-based personal care workers provide regular personal care and assistance with activities of daily living to persons who require such care due to the effects of aging, illness, injury, or other physical or mental conditions in private homes and other independent residential settings.

As a Care Assistant, you’ll need the following skills and experiences:

  • A loving and amicable nature
  • An open mind
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
  • Sensitivity
  • Good communication skills
  • Good listening skills

Major tasks and duties of Care Assistants

In most EU Member States, the primary functions and responsibilities of the Care Assistant, as listed above, consist of; monitoring and measuring patients’ vital signs, providing cleaning, washing, preparing and serving of meals, supporting other health professionals, and applying safety, quality and hygiene techniques.

Care Assistants often only provide ‘basic care’ to patients.

The day-to-day roles of a Care Assistant would include:

  • Supervising a team of care assistants
  • Writing care plans
  • Monitoring patients’ vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate
  • Monitoring and recording patients’ sugar level, temperature, and weight.
  • Completing patient medication records
  • Developing and leading activities for service users
  • Keeping families up to date about their relative’s progress
  • Training and mentoring new staff
  • Attending team meetings with service managers
  • Providing emergency cover

Other tasks of Care Assistants could involve:

  • the undertaking of basic care methods
  • the undertaking of basic mobilization methods
  • personal hygiene and nutrition
  • surveillance of the sick
  • preventative care measures
  • documentation of care measures
  • cleaning and disinfection of devices
  • taking into account factors such as religion, culture, age, gender, habits, living conditions and the environment of the patient

The working environment for a Care Assistant majorly revolves around a client’s home, a private hospital, the NHS, or an adult care home.