Men who care

Caring for others is a woman’s job, right?

A quarter of young men say they would never consider becoming a care worker. Why is this? Perhaps it is because care work has a reputation as a female-dominated workforce – a catch-22 situation the sector must escape.

Read here about one male care worker’s experience of working in the sector.

Why is Care work so gendered?

End of Life Care

Research reveals that care home staff, healthcare professionals, residents and their families may not always agree on end-of-life care.

There are times when it will not always be clear if palliative care is the ‘right’ treatment, who should do what and when, and if the person can be supported to die in the care home.

End of Life Care

Caring about the people we care for

Care workers are often told not to get attached to the people they care for. While professional boundaries must be upheld, people are people; some you like, some you don’t and some you click with immediately and inevitably grow to love.

Click on the below link to read one care worker’s story

Caring for Rose







Diabetes care

CQC, the organisation which regulates Care services, has recently published a report looking at people’s experience of Diabetes care in England and the support they receive to help self-manage their condition.

Since 1996, the percentage of adults in England with diabetes has doubled and it is a condition you will come across much more frequently in your job role.

So why not take some time to have a read of the report. There are 2 versions, the full report and an easy read report.

CQC Diabetes care full report

CQC Diabetes care easy read

Council Tax Discount

Did you know that as an Apprentice you could be eligible for a discount on Council Tax?

If you earn less than £196 per week before tax and insurance, and are enrolled onto a government funded Apprenticeship, you could qualify for a 25% discount on the Council Tax bill on the property where you live. If you live in a property where there are only Apprentices, then the discount may be up to 50%.

In order to claim the discount, you will need to complete an application form for your local council. In most cases your employer will need to sign the form and most councils will ask to see a copy of your Apprenticeship Agreement as proof of your enrollment.

CareSkills can provide you with a copy of your Agreement and we have copies of discount forms for most councils in Yorkshire. Ask your trainer for more information when you see them next or have a look at this website: Council Tax Discounts