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A – Z of Health and Social Care Careers

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Health and social care careers can be incredibly rewarding and whether you are working with children or with the elderly you will be providing important support for others.

Job opportunities in health and social care are set to increase between now and 2022. Discover just a few health and social care careers in our A – Z below.

Career as an activity worker

Activity workers plan and oversee social activities to stimulate the interests of people in receipt of care and support.

Career as a care worker

Care workers respond to the individual needs of people who need care and support. They look after their wellbeing, care and support.

Career as a counsellor

Counsellors enable people to work through their feelings in a supportive and confidential environment. They can work in schools, colleges, youth agencies, the voluntary sector or the NHS and all are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Working as an educational welfare officer

Educational welfare officers offer advice, guidance and support to those in education who need care.  They might work with an individual or with groups.

Occupational therapist careers

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, supporting them so that they can engage in their usual occupations, such as working, studying and participating in hobbies.

Becoming a registered nurse

Employed by a primary healthcare team rather than a social care employer, to be a registered nurse you need to have a three-year Diploma or Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Working as a safeguarding officer

A safeguarding officer supports those in social care. They aim to protect vulnerable adults and children against abuse.

Social worker careers

Social workers provide advice and emotional support to enable people to live successfully within their communities.  They also intervene in cases of safeguarding concerns and have special legal powers to act.

The term social worker is a legally protected title. This means that it can only be used by someone who is registered by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) who have a professional qualification in social work.

A welfare rights officer

The role of a welfare rights officer is to advise people on matters such as housing and employability benefits, disability allowance, and sick pay and rent support, making sure that individuals’ voices are heard.

Skills for health and social care

Everyone who works in health and social care needs English, maths, digital and employability skills including teamwork and problem solving skills.

Some health and social care careers can only be accessed by gaining a degree, but there are plenty of ways that you can get into most health and social care roles. There are lots of apprenticeship opportunities. Health and social care apprenticeships range from Level two apprenticeships right up to higher apprenticeships for health and social care leadership and management roles.


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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