Unit name: Responsibilities of a care worker
Learning outcome: 2. Be able to work in ways that are agreed with the employer
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Describe why it is important to adhere to the agreed scope of the job role
When beginning a new role as a care worker, your employer will provide you with your job description and the organisation’s agreed ways of working, which will include policies, procedures and protocols.
These documents will provide you with details of the scope of your job role as well as your responsibilities and accountabilities.
It is essential that you read these documents so that you understand the scope of your role. By knowing the boundaries of your role, you will be able to adhere to them.
It is important to adhere to the scope of your job role because tasks and activities that fall outside of these boundaries could compromise the health and safety of yourself others.
For example, if you try to use a piece of equipment (such a s a hoist used for transitioning bedridden individuals) that you have not been trained in, it could result in injury. Or making a clinical diagnosis without the correct qualifications could result in an individual’s health deteriorating. Also, carrying out tasks that are unrelated to your job role could result in you not having the time to complete the tasks that you are responsible for.