The Importance of Professional Development for Homecare Workers

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The Importance of Professional Development for Homecare Workers

As a homecare worker, the broadening of knowledge and skills to better serve clients and build meaningful relationships is seen as a priority. The importance of professional development for homecare workers cannot be underestimated as it helps to sharpen existing skills while introducing new ones that will help make an even more effective caregiver. With so many resources available today, it can be difficult to sift through all of the options, however, the below can provide some guidance on how to pursue these professional opportunities.

Did You Know?

There are around 27, 208 care personnel employed in the health sector in Ireland.

The Importance of Professional Development for Homecare Workers

Elevates Homecare Excellence

Continuous education serves as a vital platform for homecare workers to enhance their skills and expertise. As the healthcare landscape evolves, caregivers must stay abreast of the latest medical advancements, caregiving techniques, and technologies. Regular training workshops and courses empower homecare workers to acquire new skills, such as administering specialised medical treatments, understanding the complexities of various health conditions, and employing the latest assistive technologies.

Professional development also encourages the development of soft skills, including effective communication, empathy, and patience. These interpersonal skills are fundamental in fostering a trusting and supportive relationship between caregivers and their clients. By honing these abilities, homecare workers can provide emotional and psychological support in addition to physical care, significantly improving the overall well-being of their clients.

Boosts Job Satisfaction and Confidence

It has a direct impact on the job satisfaction and confidence levels of homecare workers. When caregivers are equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills, they feel more confident in their abilities to handle complex situations. This increased confidence leads to greater job satisfaction, as caregivers experience a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment in their roles.

Pathways for career progression are then opened within the homecare sector. Caregivers who invest in their continuous learning are often eligible for promotions to supervisory or specialised roles, allowing them to take on more responsibilities and challenges. This upward mobility not only boosts their confidence but also enhances their job satisfaction, resulting in a motivated and dedicated workforce that is committed to providing exceptional care.


Myhomecare’s Care Academy

The Myhomecare Care Academy offers training and career progression support and guidance for aspiring carers. The Care Academy also offers the opportunity for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare, courses to be subsidised.

Our experienced management team, consisting of both clinical and operational, have consulted with industry experts in developing our own bespoke training into the Care Academy to support the continuous professional development of our frontline staff. We provide a wide range of courses for those actively working in the homecare industry and for those who desire a career in homecare.
With just one year’s prior caring experience, an aspiring carer can avail of The Care Academy’s subsidised courses and have that fulfilling career within our supportive team.

Deirdre Doyle, Myhomecare Operations Lead

The Importance of Professional Development for Homecare Workers

Ensures Quality Care

Quality care is at the heart of homecare services, and further education plays a pivotal role in ensuring its consistency and excellence. Well-trained homecare workers are better equipped to handle diverse situations and challenges effectively. They can anticipate the needs of their clients, respond promptly to emergencies, and provide personalised care plans tailored to individual requirements.

Caregivers can then stay updated with best practices and industry standards. This knowledge translates into the delivery of evidence-based, high-quality care that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of both clients and their families. By investing in continuous learning, homecare workers contribute significantly to the overall improvement of healthcare services within their communities.

The Importance of Professional Development for Homecare Workers

As homecare workers, taking the initiative to engage in professional development activities is a great way to stand out from the rest and feel empowered not only professionally, but personally as well. Not only does it provide essential skills and attributes for success in any career, but it can also build self-confidence, creative thinking skills and ultimately help achieve greater success overall.

It’s important to understand the value of continuous career development on the latest trends in today’s ever-changing homecare environment. Continuous learning and personal growth should be part of every successful homecare worker’s journey.

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Myhomecare Supporting Professional Development with QQI-certified People Management

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Myhomecare Supporting Professional Development with QQI-certified People Management

Homecare management is a critical aspect of healthcare in Ireland, and professional development in this field is essential for ensuring high-quality care for patients. The homecare industry in Ireland is growing rapidly, and as such, it’s important for homecare managers to stay up-to-date with the latest skills and knowledge to manage their teams effectively.

Recognising the importance of continuous professional development within the healthcare sector, Myhomecare has developed ‘The Care Academy’, which envelops all the training internal and frontline staff need to progress within their career.  

A particular milestone of The Care Academy is the undertaking of the QQI-certified People Management Course by the Myhomecare managerial team. The course covers a range of topics, including leadership skills, communication skills, team management, and conflict resolution. It’s designed to help homecare professionals develop the skills and knowledge they need to manage their teams effectively, build positive relationships with clients and their families, and deliver high-quality care.

It covers key topics such as understanding EU Legislation, equality and diversity and the key principles of management. This can lead to new career opportunities, such as promotions or opportunities to manage larger teams.

One of the key benefits of the QQI People Management Course is that it’s a nationally, HSE, recognised qualification. This means that homecare professionals who complete the course will have valuable credentials that they can use to advance their careers. By completing the course, it demonstrates to our clients that the Myhomecare team have the right skills and knowledge required to effectively deliver excellence in service.

Our team have a wealth of experience in the homecare industry, with many starting as Healthcare Assistant’s, progressing to supervisory and managerial positions. The completion of the QQI People Management Course enables our experienced team to nurture their skills and knowledge and continue to progress their career whilst ensuring Myhomecare is continuing to provide patient-centered high quality care.

What is People Management Course (QQI Level 6) 


The QQI Level 6 certification in Managing People, is awarded following a 3-day interactive workshop that covers a blend of theoretical learning with practical activities to build upon management techniques and improve confidence.

The QQI People Management Course provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of people management. This course covers everything from communication skills to conflict resolution, employee development, and performance management. By taking this course, learners can develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of people management, and learn how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day work.

It is designed to provide learners with practical tools and techniques that they can use in the workplace. This means that learners will not only learn theory, but they will also learn how to apply this theory to real-world situations. By taking this course, learners can develop their practical skills, which can help them to become more effective managers.

The course is suited to all levels; providing an excellent foundation for new managers, allowing experienced managers to delve deeper into motivational management, and for those looking to transition to a managerial role. For those frontline staff that would like to progress their career within a managerial role, they too can avail of the subsidised QQI-certified People Management Course via the Care Academy.

Overall, the QQI People Management Course is an excellent opportunity for homecare professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or simply improve your abilities as a homecare professional, this course can help you achieve your goals. By completing the course, you will be better equipped to manage your team effectively, communicate with clients and their families, and deliver high-quality care.

The Myhomecare Care Academy


The Care Academy focuses on improving the quality of existing staff by providing upskilling opportunities, allowing those who want to advance their career in healthcare an advantageous starting point. There has always been a particular emphasis on upskilling and career progression within Myhomecare with exceptional ongoing training provided and further supported by Servisource’s Training department.

It is from this strong foundation that The Care Academy has been developed. As a result, a comprehensive catalog of training courses is available to support internal and frontline staff in providing the highest quality of service, where they can train, develop and coach care workers throughout each stage of their careers.

Professional development is essential for homecare managers in Ireland to continuously improve upon their skills and knowledge to manage their teams effectively. The Care Academy offers supportive training and career progression for aspiring carers, as well as subsidised courses for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare or QQI Level 6 accreditation in people Management.

Through the Myhomecare Care Academy, it ensures that the right people, with the right skills and knowledge, will be provided in the right place, your home.

Myhomecare Care Academy

The Myhomecare Care Academy is the one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. The Care Academy also offers the opportunity for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare courses to be subsidised.

Myhomecare Ready to Employ, Train and Support 1,000 New Home Care Workers

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Myhomecare Ready to Employ, Train and Support 1,000 New Home Care Workers

Myhomecare Welcomes Minister’s Announcement of 1,000 Non-EU Employment Permits for Home Care Workers

Myhomecare, a nationwide HSE approved supplier of specialised home care, welcomes the announcement of employment permits for 1,000 non-EU home care workers, from Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler. Myhomecare has positions available for all 1,000 new home care workers and is ready to not only employ, but train and support them in their career progression through its Care Academy.  

The Myhomecare Care Academy offers training, career progression support and guidance for aspiring carers, offering the opportunity for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare, courses to be subsidised. The Care Academy also focuses on improving the quality of new and existing staff by providing upskilling opportunities and allows those who want to advance their career in healthcare an advantageous starting point.

Deirdre Doyle, Myhomecare Operations Lead said:

Making 1,000 Employment Permits available to non-EU home care workers is an exciting development and we are delighted to announce we have the capacity to assist all 1,000 with employment, training and career progression through our Care Academy.

She continued, “Myhomecare has a strong workforce and employing additional homecare workers will further strengthen our Winter Initiative which aims to assist the HSE in their focus on community care and supporting more efficient hospital discharges which in turn, increases hospital bed capacity.”

Speaking on the report of the strategic workforce advisory group on home carers and nursing home healthcare assistants, Minister Mary Butler referred to all care workers, working in home support and long-term residential care for older people, she said that they should receive fair pay and conditions and have the opportunity to progress in their careers.

Myhomecare meets these recommendations referred to by Minister Butler and is one of the highest paying employers within the homecare sector and champions career progression through the Myhomecare Care Academy. 

In response to Minister Butler, Myhomecare’s Deirdre Doyle said:

The Myhomecare Care Academy enables frontline staff to earn a competitive wage ranging from 14 euros to 25 euros an hour. The Academy also offers those same opportunities to those passionate about a career in care and the Myhomecare team will support them every step of the way. We understand how important it is to take care of our carers so they can take care of our clients.

There has always been a particular emphasis on upskilling and career progression within Myhomecare with exceptional ongoing training provided which is further supported by Servisource’s Training department. It is from this strong foundation that the Care Academy has been developed. 

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Myhomecare Care Academy

The Myhomecare Care Academy is the one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. The Care Academy also offers the opportunity for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare courses to be subsidised.