Kelly Peters - Social Carer

Kelly Peters - Social Carer

Name, Age and Hometown.

Kelly Peters, Age 43, Elgin

Job title (list all job titles for duration of employment).

Social Care - Moray Council. I have worked here for 7 years.

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

After being involved in the care with my grandpa, I decided I would love to help others doing this.

Describe your day-to-day role.

Personal care, meal prep, medication, moving & handling, recording of information.

What kind of training have you done?

Moving & handling, dementia training, data protection, infection control, equality & diversity, awareness, Parkinson’s training.

Have you completed any professional qualifications? If yes, provide details.

SVQ 2 in Health & Social Care and SVQ 3 in Medication Management.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Patience, compassion, time management, and understanding.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

No, anything can happen.

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

Yes, support is always available should you need it.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Putting smiles on service users’ faces, you’re maybe the only person they have seen that day/week.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

No, not always although I wish I had done it sooner.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Be in it for the right reasons because you care, not just for a job.

What is your career goal?

I’m happy doing what I’m doing. Now I can’t see me doing anything else.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

This is a very scary time for everyone but also a proud time to be involved in the caring industry. The vital PPE to protect ourselves and service users we will fight this. What makes me proud is the recognition we now get. Care workers were always forgotten about but now we are being noticed for the very important hard work we do for the elderly and vulnerable people out there.

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