HSC_heroes.jpgTo say that the healthcare system has been under scrutiny recently would be stating the obvious, but maybe it’s time to praise the health and social care sector and the hard working teams up and down the country that are often placed in challenging situations.

First off, let’s state that very few go into social work for the glory. It is, unfortunately not a profession known for the confidence it inspires in the public, or one where your monthly pay packet accurately reflects the potentially high volume of work.

But when you want to work in the Health and Social Care sector, more often than not you go into it not for the money but the satisfying nature of the work and positive effects and outcomes that you can have in the job role.

And it all starts with the training.

When you’re looking to embark in a career in the Health and Social Care industry, the time to start building resilience is during the training. It is the duty of the tutors, training organisations and awarding bodies to help students develop techniques for managing their academic workload.

Social work programmes should teach students time management skills in dealing with their academic reading and assignments to ensure that there is less pressure throughout the training period and during your career.

Good time management, an ability to manage deadlines and being able to factor in time for contingencies, is an important element of resilient behaviour – which makes being part of the Health and Social care sector such an admirable position – workers deserve all the credit they get and quite honestly deserve more.

We also recommend the inclusion of relaxation practices and helping students develop strategies for maintaining a work-life balance allowing them sufficient time to recharge the batteries, unwind and put their everything into the next working day.

It is important to understand that some needs social workers have cannot be replaced by technology, such as the need for peer support, and to network and share information about resources.

We think it’s also similarly important that social workers themselves recognise the importance of being aware of their own health and wellbeing.

In a kind of ‘practice-what-we preach’ approach, ensuring that social workers are fit and healthy allows them to recognise where change is required (when required), allowing them to be strong and dependable in their work whilst also setting a good example in their working environment.

Nevertheless this is an additional, unpaid requirement of someone who has already embarked in a challenging job sector as it is.

heroes.jpgA challenge, but rewarding

The Health and Social Care sector presents workers with a thoroughly rewarding career to thrive in. It is an unfortunate fact of society that within all communities there are vulnerable groups of people and some of these people need full-time care.

For as well as wanting to work in an environment where you can help people less fortunate and being a caring person, some people feel it’s in their nature to work in a health and social care role.

Whatever the reasons may be, there are a wide range of career paths that, combined with the right education and training, can lead to highly satisfying careers in health and social care.

If you want a career where you can progress, have job security, and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are helping other people – then perhaps, adult social care is for you.

Laura Anthony, regional coordinator for Skills for Care, an employer-led authority on the training and development needs of social care staff said: “A career in social care is obviously very rewarding,”

“And there are lots of opportunities for progression: You can become the manager of a home, go into social work, housing, education, counselling. With social care you get a lot of training on the job. If you’re ambitious, you can go right to the top.”

Jobs in the sector

There are opportunities in the health and social care sector at all levels, from both full and part-time positions and from assistants to management level. Some examples of potential career paths include:

  • Care worker – a core support role designed to help people who need assistance with various personal and daily needs to help them live independently.
  • Social worker – providing support and guidance for people who need care and assistance, including those with mental illnesses, aged related problems or disabilities.
  • Community support worker – giving support with indirect needs such as teaching people to cook and clean for themselves, organising their trips and generally helping them with day to day living.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about the Health and Social Care qualifications and apprenticeships we have on offer at Training Qualifications UK you can head to our website.

And for a limited time only, if you’re already a TQUK Approved Centre, we’re offering FREE qualification approval on all Health and Social Care qualifications.

If you would like to see our full range of qualifications, which includes Safe handling of Medicines and Awareness of Mental Health Problems, head to the Health and Social Care sector on our website.