Specialist coordinator

Specialist coordinatorYou’ll specialise in one area of care such as dementia, end of life care, mental health, substance misuse or moving and handling, and take responsibility for coordinating this aspect of care.

Specialist coordinators could work in care homes, or on a wider scale in a local authority, health or voluntary sector organisation.

Your role might include:

  • training staff about your aspect of care
  • ensuring everyone can access the care and support they need
  • developing and putting policies and procedures in place
  • working with a range of other statutory and volunteer organisations to coordinate care services
  • implementing specific projects about your area of specialism.

 

Everyone working in social care needs English, number, digital and employability skills including team work and problem solving skills. 

There are also some specific skills needed to work in this role. These include:

  • good communication skills
  • coordination and organisational skills
  • the ability to motivate others
  • negotiating skills.

You’ll also need in depth knowledge about your area of specialism and keep up to date about policies and best practice in this aspect of care.

 

You usually need to have experience of working in social care and health to get a job as a specialist coordinator, particularly in the area you specialise in.

Depending on where you work and the level of your role, you might need a degree or a professional or vocational qualification relevant to your specialism. For example this might be a Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care, Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse or a Level 5 Certificate in End of Life Care.

There are also lots of short courses and training around specific aspects of care.

It’s also really important that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care, as you’ll be responsible for managing a team and leading by example.

 

If you’re interested in working as a specialist coordinator, there’s lots of advice about finding a role on the Starting your career page. You could look online or in your local newspaper to find vacancies, or you might want to contact local care providers or the local council to ask them directly.

If you’re currently working in social care, speak to your employer about opportunities to progress into specialist roles. You may be able to become a trainer to teach others about your area of specialism.