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Having progressed quickly into a senior care position, Rhys Chandler is urging other men to consider the care sector as a promising career choice.
Rhys joined Nurse Plus in 2014 as a healthcare assistant for the Bournemouth branch. Rhys started his career in care at a residential home, six months previously.
The healthcare assistant role involved providing personal care that promoted independence and encouraged the individual to be able to support themselves. Rhys also accompanied clients to day trips, walks in the park and eating out, if this was something the individual could not do independently, as well as provide companionship and support around the home.
A year later, Rhys was encouraged to progress within the company and provided with the support to learn more about coordination and supervision of care. A few weeks later he was successful in securing a care coordinator position.
“I really enjoyed working in the community and giving something back. After a while as a carer I felt like I wanted to progress and a supervisor role came up. Only a few week later, I went for the care coordinator position and I got it!”
Rhys’ career progression continued to develop, being promoted to Senior Care Coordinator in April 2016, and more recently Quality Assurance Advisor.
“When I began my career as a carer it was my job to encourage people to be independent and support themselves. You get to build up a good relationship with those you support and it is a really fun job.
“People have this idea in their head that a carer is someone who is only providing them with personal care, it’s not like that. I now feel as though I have found my calling and I have enjoyed all aspects of all my roles.”
Pamela Bruce, managing director at Nurse Plus, added: “In an ageing population, care workers are now in even more demand and male carers can help us to fill the gap in providing much needed personal care to elderly men.”
“Rhys’ story proves how roles available in care are just as suited to men, providing a rewarding career choice with great flexibility.”