Careers in health and social care are undoubtedly amongst the most challenging, but they can also be the most satisfying. They require empathy, responsibility, perseverance and, above all, a strong desire to help others.
You can enter the sector in a number of ways, including:
- Full-time / part-time college courses/ School leaver
- Higher National Certificates (HNC)
- Higher National Diplomas (HND)
- Foundation Degree
- Bachelors Degree
Many local training providers offer a wide range of training and qualifications to support you in gaining the job you want – everything from Care Manager to Nurse, to Physiotherapist and Speak Therapist, through to Counsellor and Doctor. Visit our members page where you can access more information on specific providers.
There are many different occupations / careers available within the sector; some of these include:
- Medicine and Nursing: NHS doctors, dentists, paramedics, nurses and midwives, but plenty more are engaged within managerial, I.T. and administration work
- Specialist careers available within the healthcare system, include: clinical support staff, such as donor carers, and new-born hearing screeners; allied health professionals, such as radiographers and orthoptists; and specialist therapy staff, such as occupational therapists, speech therapists and art therapists
- Social care: Work can be done in a variety of different environments, in people’s own homes, in residential care units, in shelters for the homeless, and in young offender institutes
However, people tend to specialise in one area, which is defined by the kind of service users they work with and their specific type of social problems, such as domestic violence, asylum, or mental health.
All employees working in the Health and Social Care sector will have to undergo basic security checks before they can work in this sector. This can often involve undergoing a standard DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.