Darryl - Clinical Support Worker

Who’s this?

Darryl is a clinical support worker caring for patients who are suffering from diseases of the blood that prevent the blood from doing its job correctly in the body. Darryl is working as part of the team on a haematology ward, based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Darryl began his career as a chef in the catering industry, before progressing to a bar manager/restaurant manager. After 18 years working in hospitality Darryl became a full time carer for his grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s where he gained lots of experience caring for his relative. When Darryl’s Grandmother eventually went to live in a rest home Darryl started to look for employment again and the Job Centre Plus suggested he attended a ten week sector based work academy course run by Salford City College in partnership with SRFT. Once he had completed the course, Darryl successfully gained his current role of a clinical support worker

What do they do?

Darryl works 12 hour shifts as part of his role and predominantly supports in the care of in-patients on the 8 bedded unit. High standards of infection control are essential in Darryl’s role as many of the patients he cares for have low levels of immunity and far more likely to develop infections. Darryl’s duties include sterile cleaning, meal preparation and patient personal care as well as carrying out clinical observations such as blood pressure checks, heart rate checks and blood sugar testing, also offering emotional support to patients and their family

What’s the best thing about their role?

Darryl feels that the best thing about his job is that it’s really rewarding and when he’s tired after working a 12 hour shift he holds his head up high knowing that his role has a really important purpose to care for patients

Where are they going from here?

Darryl has already achieved the NCFE Level 1 diploma in the Introduction to Health and Social Care and is about to begin a BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care supported by the NHS. Eventually Darryl would like to pursue a career in nursing

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Clinical Support Worker normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Clinical Support Worker where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Clinical Support Worker section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.