This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 2.1 Describe why it is important to adhere to the agreed scope of the job role (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Responsibilities of a care worker)
- 2.1 Describe why it is important to adhere to the agreed scope of the job role (Level 3 Diploma in Care, Responsibilities of a care worker)
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It is important to adhere to the agreed scope of your job role for several reasons.
You should not be carrying out tasks that may require specialised training or experience to perform correctly. By only be performing tasks that you are trained in, you can prevent health and safety risks and protect yourself and those around you.
Health & Safety
Similarly, as an employee, you have certain responsibilities with regards to health and safety and you should have a good understanding of what these are. For example, you should not do anything that could compromise the safety of yourself and others and you should report any concerns you have to a delegated person (usually your manager). Although these things fall within the scope of everyone’s job role, other tasks, such as first aid, must only be performed by someone with the correct training.
Duty of Care
You have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety and promote the wellbeing of the individuals that you support. Your employer will have policies and procedures in place to ensure that you work with the boundaries of the law and best practice. If you work outside of the scope of these, it could negatively impact the wellbeing of service users.
It is a professional commitment to work within the scope of your role and to understand and adhere to professional boundaries. Working within the scope of your role is also a means for you and your line manager to assess your performance during your annual appraisal or regular supervision.
Responsibility and Accountability
Everyone within an organisation will have their own responsibilities and accountabilities that are set by your employer to ensure the organisation runs smoothly. You will only be responsible for the things that you are accountable for and you can not be held responsible for things that are outside your accountabilities. Be mindful that your employer will have planned for levels of staffing, costings and other resources, so if performing tasks that you are not directly responsible for could leave the team short-handed in other areas. It is also useful for all staff to be aware of each other’s job roles. This will enable all staff to seek support and advice from appropriate colleagues and help the senior staff to delegate effectively.
The scope of your job role should be defined in your job description as your role, responsibilities and duties and will form part of your contract of employment. It should also specify how activities should be carried out (e.g. encompassing person-centred values). Your job description should also state who your line manager is, the locations where you will work, the hours that you work and your remuneration.