Meet Kirsty - Domiciliary Care Coordinator
Fun fact about yourself?
I am a thrill seeker. I love rollercoasters and I would love to jump out of a plane!
What is your role within social care?
I am a care coordinator for a homecare agency in the domiciliary sector.
What are the main responsibilities of your role?
Completing weekly rotas, supervisions, appraisals, staff meetings, covering sickness, taking on new work, liaising with the local council, medical staff and families.
What inspired you to start a career in the care sector?
When I started my career I worked in the in the hospital as a patent service assistant (PSA). I found my passion of caring for others through this role and changed career paths to work in the care sector.
Members of the LGBTQIA+ community face many challenges throughout their lives. How do you feel a career in social care could help to overcome these?
To make you feel included in the sector and a valued member of the team regardless of sexual orientation and lifestyle.
What would you say to someone identifying as LGBTQIA+ considering a career in the care sector, but who may feel hesitant to apply? What encouragement would you offer?
Just apply for the career you want because in reality people won't care what you identify as, as long as you're a good person and you are completing the job to the best of your ability your identity is yours and not for anyone else to judge.
The LGBTQIA+ community is under-represented in our sector. Why do you think this could be? Do you think there are any misconceptions of careers in social care that we need to overcome?
I think people tend to be wary of being in the public eye with work and get scared of the discrimination they may face in the workplace.
What has been your career path to the position you are in now?
Years In Role
Patient service assistant (PSA)
2005 - 2010
2010 - 2011
Senior care assistant
2011 – 2013
2013 - present
How will you be celebrating pride this year?
By going to the pride event with my partner and our daughter.