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Mike Byrne

Support Worker

Hi, I'm Mike and I am a Support Worker, a role which I gained after I had completed a voluntary placement with the Step into Care programme.

What were you doing before you enrolled onto the Step in Care programme?

I was previously employed as a security guard before I was looking for new opportunities.

How does your role support adult social care?

By caring or people, on a personal level and supporting them to be independent, we can lighten the work load for Nurses ,Doctors and the NHS. Support workers help people to live their lives as independently as possible, enjoying their lives as they wish too.

Did you find your placement beneficial to you?

Yes, it opened my mind to a different career. It was informative and educational with a positive outcome enabling me to gain a new, and enjoyable, fulfilling job. I learn more each day that I work there and have growing knowledge in autism, learning disabilities, epilepsy, schizophrenia and diabetes to name but a few.

Can you tell us a bit about your role and responsibilities, and what do you enjoy most about your job?

I work in supported living services, supporting six residents in their own home providing person centred care. Duties are varied, supporting with medication, cooking cleaning, making appointments, accompanying them shopping, supporting them to visit friends and family as well as supporting with their daily needs. The residents are good company to be with, they are people I care for and care about. My colleagues are knowledgeable and have very much supported me in my new role, I am very much a people person, and very happy to work here.

Please finish the following sentence, I'm pleased to work in social care because...

I am a caring person therefore there is no better job than this for me to do. I can train whilst I work and it’s a really rewarding career.

Where can I go from here?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Careers Hub in partnership with Greater Manchester health and Social Care Partnership. If you’d like to find out more about career opportunities working in health and social care then email us: careers.hub@mft.nhs.uk or visit our website gmcareershub.nhs.uk