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Health and Social Care Jobs Overview

Health and social care workers are responsible for providing assistance and support to individuals who have physical or psychological difficulties and for those who are in vulnerable positions. This is a challenging but rewarding position that requires excellent judgement and flawless interpersonal skills, the right combination of assertiveness and empathy, and other personal qualities like patience, flexibility, being a good listener, and having a genuine desire to help others improve their situation. Health and social care workers can specialise in learning / physical disabilities, medical or psychiatric roles, and may choose to work primarily with children or adults.

Health and Social Care Jobs Education Requirements

It is possible to start a career in social work by taking up a support worker job or a role as a social work assistant. Many employers require a university degree (BA or BSc) in Social Work, Health and Social Care, or in one of the allied healthcare professions. A master's degree in Social Work, Community Health, or Public Health are some of the most common choices for social workers interested in career progression. Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council is mandatory and training courses should be approved by this professional body.

Health and Social Care Jobs Market

Health and social care workers can choose to work for the public or the private sector. The NHS and local authorities make up for the bulk or public sector employers. Private sector institutions like community centres, nursing homes, or children's homes also provide health and social care jobs. Social workers who have ample experience and advanced qualifications may opt for jobs in education as social work lecturers. Positions are also available in not-for-profit organisations.

Health and Social Care Jobs Salary Information

Recent graduates or trainees can earn anything between £19,000 and £22,000 / year, except if they are employed by the NHS. In this case, a national pay scale applies, where workers may earn £25,000 - £34,000 depending on their location and speciality. Managerial roles command salaries that often exceed £40,000 / year.

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