From time to time support workers may be asked to carry out some tasks that may be considered to be specialist. These tasks may only be undertaken after appropriate risk assessments have been carried out and specialist training has been arranged.
- Such tasks may include;
- Managing challenging behaviour – Positive Behaviour Support Plans
- Managing an individual’s mental health
- Changing sterile dressings
- Assistance with eye or ear drops
- Catheter care-changing bags, monitoring output
- Stoma Care
- Administering emergency recovery medication re: Epilepsy eg buccal medication
- Support with PEG feeding - other types of tube feeding
- Support with pressure care
- Any other specialist task that is not considered to be a nursing procedure
Support workers will not undertake tasks that require the skills and expertise of clinical professionals.