Health and Social Care
Work in healthcare includes careers in medical treatment, such as doctors, nurses and healthcare science posts, as well as jobs in allied health professions like dentistry and other support roles. Social care includes careers working with children, young people, adults, families and older adults.
It’s a sad fact of life that within all communities there are vulnerable groups of people. Some need full-time care, while others need help as they can’t manage alone but are still capable of leading an independent life.
As a consequence, there are numerous jobs and career paths for people wanting to work in the health and social care sector. These are people who want to make a difference and have a rewarding career supporting others.
Why do people work in health and social care?
As well as for the obvious reasons like wanting to help less fortunate people and being a caring person, some people feel it’s in their nature to work in a health and social care role. It’s a kind of vocation.
Others fall into working into health and social care because of personal experience. Caring for a friend or relative can be an eye-opening path into a career in this area. Sometimes people are so affected by giving support to someone close to them they feel the need to become a health worker or social carer.
Whatever the reasons, there are a number of highly valued jobs that with the right education and training can lead to highly satisfying careers in health and social care.