Andy - Carers Link Worker

Who’s this?

Andrew is currently a Carers Link Officer working for Oldham Council. As part of his role Andrew undertakes carer assessments which are necessary under the Care Act 2014. Andrew works with unpaid carers who may be caring for a relative or friend and the assessment that takes place looks at the health and wellbeing of the carer, as sometimes a caring role can have a massive effect on a person in regards to their health, employment, personal relationships and social life. The outcome of the assessment in many cases can enable the Carer to receive a one off payment in order to help them in their caring role

What’s the story of their career to date?

Andrew was a market trader for over 25 years before returning to college where he successfully completed qualifications in counselling as well as becoming a volunteer at a mental health charity, completing a large number of other qualifications and courses. Having gained lots of valuable experience Andrew went on to secure a role as a therapeutic assessor before becoming a training coordinator and then successfully gaining his current role with the Council as a Carers Link Officer. Andrew also works part time as a tutor for Oldham Life Long learning where he initially gained his first qualification in counselling

What do they do?

Andrew receives referrals on a regular basis from a number of local organisations and as part of his role he sign posts clients to support as well as making referrals to a number of other services for the carer. Andrew builds professional relationships with the clients that he has contact with and really enjoys the patient facing side of his role. The main priority in Andrew’s role is to be a link to support carers were ever possible

What’s the best thing about their role?

Andrew feels that the best thing about his role is making a difference by meeting carers and supporting them to make changes that will help them in their everyday life

Where are they going from here?

Andrew is currently very happy within his role and feels that his employer has supported him by giving him the opportunity to complete a number of beneficial courses that support him within his role

Where can I find out more?

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