Health and Social Care

Five reasons to consider a career in Health and Social Care

1.IT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST SECTORS OF EMPLOYMENT – This is regarding the vast variety of roles and vacancies available.

Did you know that there are over 350 different job roles in the Health and Social Care sector? This showcases the vast number of different jobs a person could progress to within their Career in the Health and Social Care sector, making it a very attractive career indeed.

It’s not all about the NHS either, types of employers and work are far reaching and extremely broad. Within the Health and Social Care sector, a person could work in the National Health Service (NHS), charities, a partnership with the NHS and their Local Authority and in the Private Health sector.

According to the NHS Jobs website, there are around 25,000 vacancies advertised every month. Which shows just how big this sector is. 

Another appeal for the Health and Social Care sector is that your skills and experience are completely transferable, making you an attractive prospect across the world, not just the UK.

2.THERE’S A JOB ROLE FOR EVERYONE

You can have a Career in the Health and Social Care sector with several different qualifications (level of qualification and the type of qualification), skills and experience.

As the Health and Social Care sector is one of the biggest sectors because of this, it means a variety of different roles will require different qualifications, skills and experience.

Depending on what role a person wants to pursue, they will require a certain level of qualification and possibly experience; usually starting from a Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification, up to a Doctorate (Level 8) in a specialist area. This makes the sector one of the best in terms of career progression. If you begin on Level 2 can you imagine where you might be in a few years?

3.YOU’LL NEVER BE BORED

Due to how many different jobs, there is something for everyone.

Want to work with babies? Want to work with the elderly? Want to specialise in cancer patients? Want to find the cure for cancer? Or try to find a cure for any disease or illness for that matter? Then, the Health and Social Care sector has a role for you.

It is such a varied sector, that whatever a person’s interest are, whatever they want to specialise in, there is most definitely something they can do. It all depends on the individual’s motivation, strengths, drive and skills.

When we think of Health and Social Care, most people think of ‘Doctors and Nurses’ when in fact, those roles themselves have so many different specialisms. A Doctor, for example might specialise in Surgery, General Practice or Pathology (amongst many other options) Similarly a Nurse might specialise in Mental Health, Learning Difficulties, Cardiology or Diabetes, a Care Assistant might specialise in Dementia or Home Care. The list can go on and on. Whatever your own interests there will be a role or even a specialism for you.

4.JOB SECURITY

In the current economic climate one of the main worries people have is losing work and therefore not being able to live the life they aspire to have.

Unlike many sectors that are losing workers or in decline because of socio-economic factors, the health care field is growing rapidly and arguable more than any other growing sector Dozens of health careers have good or excellent job prospects, meaning finding a job is easier.

A career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with opportunity for promotion and progression as well as job security.

Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities in the current job market. There’s an estimated 1.49 million people working in social care, and by 2035 we’ll need to fill around 580,000 more jobs.

5.JOB SATISFACTION

The biggest benefit of working in the Health and Social Care sector is job satisfaction.

Usually, people who work within Health and Social Care, have a passion for helping and supporting others. This can be with Physical, Intellectual, Emotional or Social support – if a person is able to help another person, it is in most cases a very rewarding feeling.

A person working in Health and Social Care is making a difference to someone’s life.  If you ask a professional, they’ll probably tell you that the patient/client has usually enriched their lives in some way too!

Studying Health and Social Care at Broadstones

The Health and Social Care qualifications at Broadstones are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the health and social care sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in health and social care or other related sectors.

Depending upon the level, units taught consist of:
  • Working in Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Healthy Eating and Drinking for Adults
  • Working with Others in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Principles and Values in Health and Social Care, Adults and Children and Young People
  • Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Play Activities for Young Children
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Person-Centred Support In Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Understand the Range of Service Provision and Roles within Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
  • Introductory Awareness of the Importance of Healthy Eating and Drinking for Adults
  • Introductory Awareness of working with Others in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Understand the Importance of Engagement in Leisure and Social Activities in Health and Social  Care
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Introduction to Physical Disability
  • Introduction to the Physical Care of Babies and Young Children
  • Introduction to Mental Health.
  • Understand the Principles and Values in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
  • Introductory awareness of Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Introduction to Children and Young People’s Development
  • Introductory awareness of Person-Centred Support In Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Duty of Care in Health and Social Care
  • Basic First Aid Principles
  • Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Stroke Awareness

Students will study towards the following qualifications based on their ability

  • Gateway Entry Level 3 Award in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Entry Level 3 Certificate in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Level 1 Award in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Level 2 Award in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)
  • Gateway Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children)