OUTT Academy – Social Care Training

OUTT Academy – Social Care Training

Whether you’re an established social care worker or thinking about applying for a care staff job, you know that social care training is just part and parcel – no matter how much of a drag it is. The thing is, training feels almost designed to be inconvenient.  You have to turn up for one hour every week for what seems like forever; and by the time you’ve registered, everyone has made a cup of tea and sat down, it’s time to go home again (did anyone say ‘course extension’?).

And even when you’ve been good and done all your updates and refresher courses, something else crops out of the woodwork to add to your bursting-at-the-seams to-do list.

Let’s stop right there.

– It doesn’t have to be stressful.

– It doesn’t have to be expensive.

– It doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

– It doesn’t have to be difficult.

OUTT Academy: The New Way to Upskill

 Let’s be honest – the more certificates and training you’ve done, the better your CV.

No matter what anyone says about candidate quality or on the job experience, we all know that great recruiters are only going to take a second look if your list of skills makes you look like the social care version of an astronaut. Certifications are great; they back-up what you know you can do, and validate all your experiences into one, short sentence.

We also know that a lot of care homes will have a mandatory checklist of training. So, if you’re bang up to date and can tick every box, you’ll save a prospective employer a whole lot of time and cost because you’ve already got all the skills they need – and the qualifications to prove it.

If you’ve got the right training, you will get the job 100% of the time over an applicant who doesn’t. It’s obvious, right!

And here at OUTT, we love doing things differently.

Not because we’re trying to be awkward, but because we’ve spent years in social care and know that if something is complicated and expensive, it shouldn’t be.

Pretty much every workforce manager in the country is crying out for fantastic care staff, and if all you need to show them that you are that person is a certificate, we’re here to make that happen.

For free.

Flexible Social Care Working – Training Included

We’re not pulling your leg, here. There isn’t a hidden cost or a non-refundable subscription. You won’t have to give us your credit card details, your life insurance policy number or your inner leg measurement.

No kidding – OUTT wants every single candidate who uses our digital employment service to get all the training they need, completely free of charge.

Because we can, and because you deserve it.

Care homes can be hectic and demanding, and yet care workers are an invaluable part of the fabric of UK communities. When we need you, you are always there, and it’s a privilege to be making those jobs easier to find, easier to train for, better paid and flexible around your life.

OUTT Academy:

  • Is free of charge, to all candidates who are registered with our service.
  • Delivers credible, certified training to back up and reinforce your knowledge.
  • Every course is certificated, and you can use that qualification anywhere (even though we know you’re never going to want to leave!).
  • All mandatory training is included – so once you’ve finished the course, you’re good to go.

It’s one thing to have a network of the best social care employers, and offer ultimate flexibility when it comes to choosing your shifts, deciding who you want to work for, and receiving pay that recognises your skills.

But we created our academy because we want amazing social care staff, and know that on the job training routes often never seem to happen, and independent courses are ridiculously expensive.

So we made it better, and we made it free.

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Social Care Training On Your Terms

Flexibility is a word we hear all the time but in reality? It very rarely exists.

Training has to work around your life. You can’t be expected to attend half-day training courses that start at 8 am (unless the course fee includes childcare and school drop of service?). Thought not.

You know when you work best. For us, that’s probably late morning when our coffee has done its magic.

For others, it’s first thing when their mind is fresh. Maybe you’re a night owl, and have the best focus in the early hours.

With OUTT, it doesn’t matter when you want to study, how much time you have to commit, whether you’re learning on the train commuting to work, or on your mobile waiting for the kiddos to (finally!) drop off to sleep.

Every course is:

  • Available on-demand, on any internet-connected device.

Want to learn on a tablet while you soak in the bath? Prefer to read on your mobile? Like to sit down at a PC with a cup of hot chocolate in your PJs? No problem.

  • On the same, streamlined portal.

Social care training covers a vast spectrum, but we wanted to make it easy. Every course is accessed from the same, central portal; one login, one password, one hub – that keeps track of where you are, what you’ve done, and which courses you’d like to do next.

Free Training Courses for ALL Care Workers

The OUTT training team is continually growing our course content so that you can keep expanding your knowledge as you go.

You might decide to do a refresher every few months, or you might want to cover a massive list of topics before applying for that next level role.

Whatever, however and whenever you want to learn, the academy remains at your disposal for as long as you’re an OUTT member.

Self-empowerment is a forceful thing, and the OUTT academy is designed to give you back control over your career and decide for yourself what your next step will be.

OUTT isn’t a secret, either – we’re always happy to welcome new social care workers with open arms (virtually, of course!).

You are free to share away, tell your friends, and let anybody working in social care know that the OUTT training academy is free of charge and accessible to anybody.

– Like what you’re hearing and want to learn more?

– Interested in flexible working that fits around your life?

– Keen to get some free social care training certificates under your belt?


Register with OUTT today, and we’ll hook you up.

Working as a Homeless Support Worker

Working as a Homeless Support Worker

Through recent turbulent times, it could be said that the UK has done more to acknowledge the issue of homelessness – and put in place support networks – than ever before. Homeless support workers have long been part of the social care worker family but are being recognised now more than ever.

So what is being a  homeless support worker all about? Read on …

How is ‘homelessness’ defined?

The definition of homelessness is as literal as it sounds – the circumstance of not having a home to live in. However, as social care workers working with and for this community will tell you, it is much broader than the immediate mental image that may spring to mind. To be ‘homeless’ could mean you’re sleeping on friend’s sofas, crashing at family temporarily, living in a specialist shelter, hostel or B&B, or at threat of violence or abuse in your home.

Anyone has the potential to become homeless, but there are certain groups of people who are more at risk of it happening to them: those leaving home for the first time, those leaving a care setting, those leaving prison, asylum seekers and refugees, those travelling from abroad and those struggling to ‘get by’ on benefits.

Anyone affected by homelessness may need additional care and support and so, depending on their individual situation, may be assigned a social carer or homeless support worker.

What is a homeless shelter?

Homeless shelters take on a variety of different forms and offer a variety of different services and facilities, but typically are a specialist centre offering temporary accommodation to those who are homeless. Some such shelters are run by local authorities, but lots are managed by charities and grassroots community groups.

Almost all have carers specialising in homelessness social care attending to support their service users regularly. Where these carers come from depends on the individual shelter – they may be supplied by the local council or though a specialist care agency or employer.

What does a Homeless Support Worker do?

Homeless support workers provide invaluable support to those suffering from homelessness. The scope of their care may depend on the environment within which they’re offering it, the needs of the individual and the support requested by the individual.

Aside from the personal care support usually offered by social care workers, homeless support workers often help with tasks such as advising clients of their rights, collating information on hostel vacancies and housing, nurturing clients into training and employment, and helping informing on and applying for various state benefits.

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What skills do you need to be a Homeless Support Worker?

A very special kind of person becomes a successful homeless support worker, and their skills and personality traits are plentiful and varied. They must be adaptable and flexible in their attitudes and reactions, and able to pick up new work and adapt to new situations quickly.  Patience is a really imperative trait – as often the path of getting individuals housed and improving life quality is not linear, nor straightforward.

Compassionate, empathetic people fit this role well, but must be able to continue that compassion and care even through difficult and challenging situations.

What kind of salary can a Homeless Support Worker earn?

The salary bracket for homeless support workers can, as with any care role, vary hugely dependent on experience, qualifications, settings and employer or agency. However, broadly speaking, the average salary for this role is £23,000 starting around the £19,000 mark and rising to up to £35,000 dependent on role. The higher end roles include homeless shelter managers and senior social workers.

Jobs for Homeless Support Workers with OUTT

YES, we have jobs for those working in this sector!

Homeless support workers are key to the care sector, and very much in demand. Pre-register with OUTT now and benefit from the early registration  exclusive perks!

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

What does a Family Support Worker job entail?

What does a Family Support Worker job entail?

Social care needs are ever-evolving, growing and developing as society does – and with it so too are the roles and responsibilities of carers and support workers. There are now many different types of social care work and as you review careers in the field, you’ll also discover many different job titles.

One such title is Family Support Worker, a very specific type of social care worker, and here, we look at that role.

What is a Family Support Worker?

A Family support worker is a social care worker who works not just with individuals, but family units as a whole. They may offer practical, personal and emotional support to families in need of help on either a long- or short- term basis.

A Family support worker’s job is to work to encourage cohesion between all members of the family unit with an end goal of nurturing a safe, happy, healthy environment. Care support may be given in a specialist family or custody centre but is usually provided in the family home. Family support workers are typically employed either by local authorities as part of a wider social care team, by charities, or by private care agencies. They work alongside social services (indeed often a family is referred to a specialist family support worker by a social worker), local authorities, health professionals, and in some cases, family lawyers and solicitors.

What sort of Salary can a Family Support Worker Expect to Earn?

Salaries for family support worker jobs vary greatly, dependent on a few factors, including, but by no means limited to: employer, qualification level, responsibility level, and geographic area of work. Broadly speaking, a family support worker can expect to start on around £20,000 p.a. (up to £24,000 p.a. in London), and supervisory roles can earn up to £35,000. Those in higher responsibility positions including leading specialist family centres or charities can expect to earn up to £50,000.

You’d be hard pressed to find an individual ‘in it for the money’, but compared to many other roles in the care sector, it is definitely a career that can be built up and progressed upon. There are numerous opportunities and types of family support worker, so advancement is often an option.

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What are the Benefits of Working as a Family Support Worker?

Family support workers work hard and often face unpredictable hours, situations and outcomes, with difficult themes and uncomfortable topics needing to be addressed. Yet working in this role is hugely rewarding, and the progress of their service users is tangible and visible. There can be few things that feel better than knowing you’ve helped nurture a family to a better place.

Support workers in this role will pick up various transferable skills throughout their working lives. Their personal as well as professional development can be vast and in turn nurture compassion, understanding and kindness.

What are the Negatives of Working in this Role?

As with all roles in social care, sadly those in family support worker jobs are often undervalued. They are, indeed, key workers, but as with all of those working in this sector, frequently face difficult situations and circumstances that simply aren’t covered by emergency services or any other authority body. They must act quickly in emergency situations, be quick thinkers and natural mediators; able to adapt to work best with whoever and whatever they’re faced with.

How do I find Family Support Worker jobs near me?

There are many online job boards such as Reed.co.uk which advertise various support worker jobs. You could approach your local authorities and care employers and ask for the qualification levels required for each tier of family support workers (or other such job title in the same field) in your local area. Specialist recruitment agencies can also advise. It is often that the case that some level of qualification and/or care experience will be required to start, but as an in-demand profession, most authorities and employers will have identified a qualification or training path to help you reach your goals and get there.

For access to support worker jobs across London, with no agency required, register with the latest social care app – OUTT and work directly with employers! Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

Health and Social Care Jobs with OUTT

Health and Social Care Jobs with OUTT

Health and social care jobs are amongst the most important roles in our society, but for too long social care workers have gone under-paid, under-recognised and under-appreciated. Healthcare employment agencies have for too long made profit their primary goal, causing those working in social care to be stuck working inflexible shifts, having to make difficult decisions to ensure the sufficient level of care required can always be delivered.

This is all about to change. Introducing OUTT.

What is OUTT?

OUTT is essentially a smartphone app designed for those looking to work social care shifts in Greater London (but is expanding country-wide very soon, so worth registering if you’re not currently London based). OUTT offers flexible shifts in various social care roles and settings direct to your phone.

Who is OUTT for?

OUTT is due to launch in the coming weeks and will be offering shifts to qualified and experienced social care workers in Greater London. Pre-registration is NOW OPEN, and the demand is rapidly growing. Social care workers in any sub-sector will be able to access shifts through OUTT.

OUTT covers and facilitates the working of last-minute ad hoc shifts, fixed-term contracts, rota work and permanent vacancies through our unique PAYE platform. And provides employers a safe and effective route to directly book shifts with candidates they get to know and love.

How is OUTT different to health and social care job agencies?

OUTT is super flexible and uses the latest app technology, so the app really works for you! It’s super fast to register, start the process and take control of your social care career. Plus there are many real benefits like daily pay options and the ability to grow a great relationship with your favourite employers.

OUTT literally lets you choose where and when you want to work, and for what rate of pay. All available shifts that match your profile, with full detail, will be available on the app and social care workers can select their shifts as they choose. This allows for flexibility around family commitments, other work, study and… life!

It’s completely free to register and work with OUTT – which for some reason is an anomaly in a sector where so any agencies charge their employees to get paid, err no thanks! But that’s not all, pay is flexible too! OUTT facilitates a weekly payroll with daily pay options, so you can choose to be paid whenever they like. Even a work-based pension and the accrual of holiday pay to draw on whenever you need is our standard.

OUTT is working only with employers who agree to pay their social care staff fairly, so role and level dependent, our minimum hourly rate sits at a minimum £10+ per hour (correct April 2020) and will rise in line with future minimum wage increases.

What’s more, each shift worked through OUTT results in cashback being paid into your own professional development scheme. This cashback, when accumulated, can be spent on things like PPE, professional training courses or CPD workshops – so you can learn as you earn and unlock the potential to earn more in the future!

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What’s the process to register with OUTT?

OUTT is currently open for pre-registration (with early registration benefits on offer), so you’ll be added to the list of expert care staff ready to work the second the app goes live! Register on the site and you’ll receive an automated email as well as regular updates as we move closer to ‘live date’.

Once the app is fully up and running, you’ll be asked to fill out personal and professional details so that we can supply you with roles and shifts that you’re qualified for and suit your preferences. Once fully registered, you can start accepting shifts and jobs as they are available.

The first 1,000 social care workers who pre-register for the app will receive exclusive benefits including professional development funding and early access to employer reviews (and everyone knows that good reviews = good business!).

What are you waiting for?

Pre-register with OUTT today and you can truly take control of your career in the health and social care sector!

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

Could You Work In Social Care?

Could You Work In Social Care?

Social carers are now considered ‘key workers’ in the UK, and more people than ever are considering roles to support others, as a result of a newfound respect for those helping our society function. Could you work in social care?

To work in social care isn’t to choose a career that will reward you hugely financially, or in status, but so much more. It is personally rewarding, hugely beneficial to those you work with and one of the most compassionate and impactful roles you could hope to work in.

What is Social Care?

Social care is a pretty broad term, but in short, refers to all of the personal care, protective care and practical assistance required for adults or children who need extra support in their day-to-day lives. This ‘extra support’ may be required for a variety of reasons: illness, disability, circumstance, family dynamic or living situation. Care may be provided by the state or obtained as needed privately.

Those who work in this sector may have one of several different job titles, including, but by no means limited to: social worker, social care worker, social carer, support worker, carer, family liaison officer and personal care worker.

Social care workers may work in a specific healthcare setting (or, in some occasions, a more formal specialist care centre) or in the homes of individuals. The exact responsibilities of the role depend on both the employer and the individual’s care needs.

Who Roles are there in Social Care?

Social care workers have a range of qualification levels: some just basic on-the-job healthcare training, and some full nursing training, depending on the requirements of the individual role. Social carers come from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and personally, and are often dynamic and physically able people who are willing to work hard and always go the extra mile.

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What Traits are Required in this Sector?

Of course, there is no one character profile to suit social carers, but there are some traits that are especially beneficial for the role. These include:

  • Patience – Social care workers often work long-term with service users and the journey to a better quality of life and/or not requiring care any more can be far from linear. Social carers need a great degree of patience and understanding to help nurture those they’re caring for to a better path and progress.
  • Empathy – those requiring social care are often in difficult or stressful circumstances and it’s important for those providing care to be empathetic and understanding. Bonding with individuals is key to a healthy and happy relationship, and isn’t something everyone has the ability to do.
  • Resilience – Social care work isn’t easy, and there are as many ups as there are downs. Situations and people can be difficult, and this takes a strong, resilient nature to handle. Carers working in social care should remain determined; never giving up at the first hurdle or when the going gets tough.
  • Respect – the nature of social care work is that it is sometimes received begrudgingly, and may even be met by resistance. Being able to hold and maintain respect for others – for those receiving care, for those working with carers, and for other professionals – is key to maintaining professionalism throughout your social care career.
  • Compassion – there are truly few professions that deal with as varied a clientele base as social care workers; and perhaps none! Therefore social care workers must remain kind and compassionate with all those they deal with, as well as politically agile, and able to speak to and effectively communicate and work with people of all levels, backgrounds, abilities and ages.

Finally society seems to be sitting up and acknowledging – and respecting – the huge contribution that social care workers make to those they serve and the communities that they work within. If you’re a compassionate ‘people person’ and want to really make a difference in the lives of others, and particularly, some of the most vulnerable people in society, now is the time to step up and make the first move to a new, rewarding, role.

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!

Are You Suited to a Mental Health Support Worker Job?

Are You Suited to a Mental Health Support Worker Job?

Are you suited to a Mental Health Support Worker job?

In recent years, mental health has entered public perception as a healthcare issue worth discussing, tackling and improving, and finally, it is beginning to get some much-needed and long overdue attention. As a result however, there is more focus than ever before on mental health, and many organisations are hiring Mental Health Support Workers – that is, a Healthcare Assistant or Carer trained not just in physical, but mental care and support too.

Read on to find out more about what this role may entail.

What does ‘Mental Health’ refer to?

The words ‘mental health’ refer to the state of wellbeing of an individual’s psychiatry, that is; their mind. Technically it means the absence of a mental illness, but if there are mental health issues or problems, this usually would refer to those. Someone with adequate mental health would, like someone with adequate physical health, be considered to be reasonably healthy – but in an emotional, psychological and behavioural sense, rather than a sense of physical ability.

Mental health illnesses are varied, and many are common. These include but are by no means limited to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, behavioural and personality disorders, anger issues, addictions, phobias, dissociative disorders, eating problems, mania and psychosis.

What does a Mental Health Support Worker do?

Mental Health Support Workers work in the same way as traditional healthcare support roles do, but with a focus on mental health rather than physical. They often work in support of other carers, social care professionals, and/or mental health specialist doctors or nurses.

The responsibilities of a Mental Health Support Worker can include:

  • monitoring and reporting on a patient’s mental and cognitive state
  • assisting other mental health professionals in their duties
  • ensuring that patients are properly medicated (if required)
  • ensuring patients are attending relevant treatment or therapies
  • maintaining a patient’s hygiene and wellbeing (if they’re unable to do so sufficiently themselves)
  • communicating with their family and loved ones to keep them up-to-date.

All of this needs to be done within an environment that feels safe and comfortable for the patient, and depending on their needs, may need to change regularly.

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What environment would you work in?

Mental Health Support Workers may work both in professional environments (hospitals or inpatient units of various types), or in patient’s homes, depending on what is required from their care. Every patient is different and all have different needs.

These needs may change over time and patients may, have to switch between support workers as they move elsewhere or change treatment plans.

What type of salary can a Mental Health Support Worker expect to earn?

The amount you can expect to earn in this type of role varies between employers and also specialisms. As an average however, carers and support workers focusing on mental health care can expect to receive from about £8.50 an hour, which would work out as approximately £16,600 per annum. Mental Health Support Workers in London can expect to receive a little more, often in line with location-based salary increases dictated by local healthcare trusts.

Working as a support worker through OUTT, we guarantee a minimum rate of £10/hour plus.

What type of person suits this role?

Support workers in general are remarkable people, but admittedly, a role in mental health isn’t for everyone. The kind of qualities you can expect to find in those working in this role include large amounts of:

  • compassion
  • empathy
  • kindness
  • understanding

… and the ability to move quickly should a situation arise where it is required!

Whilst Mental Health Support Workers aren’t required to be fully medically trained, they usually have a basic knowledge of healthcare and are able to communicate effectively with those who are fully qualified. These individuals also need to be very emotionally aware – able to pick up on sometimes silent or tonal cues from patients, as well as observant; so that if a patient’s condition changes, it can be raised and dealt with as required.

Registering with OUTT provides experienced social care candidates the opportunity to build an employer review base and take full control of where and when they work. It’s your life, live it! Register with us now!