If you’re considering a career in health and social care then it can be difficult to know where to start. It maybe that you already work within this field in some capacity, but lack formal qualifications; or you may be new to the field and looking to expand your knowledge, whilst gaining experience at the same time. Either way it can still be difficult to know what processes to follow when looking for a qualification.
Here at The Training Room we’ve been experts at getting people just like you to an ‘industry ready’ standard since 2006 - so we know a thing or two about how to go about gaining formal qualifications to help secure that role. In our latest blog we tackle the subject of becoming a Health and Social Care Worker on a step-by-step basis.
Step 1: Deciding That You Want Become a Health and Social Care Worker
The first step on any journey is the decision about where you want to go. In this case we are looking at becoming a Health and Social Care Worker. It may well be the case that you already work in some capacity in this sector and want to learn more to further your skills whilst gaining formal qualifications, or you could simply be at the point where you have decided to embark on your journey towards becoming a Health and Social Care Worker. Either way this stage of your journey will involve research about the areas which you are interested in, what sort of hours you will be working, salary expectations and so on. During this preliminary research and decision stage we recommend sites such The National Careers Service to help you make informed, educated decisions. There is also good information from the NHS about careers in social care which can be found here .
Step 2: Making Sure That You Are a Good ‘Fit’ for Health and Social Care
As with most jobs, although there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ traits, there are qualities which may make you more suited to a role within the health and social care sector.
If you are looking for a typical 9-5 job then this probably is not the right career path for you, however, if you are compassionate, empathetic and willing to help and care for others then this could be the right path for you to pursue.
Health and Social Care workers have rewarding jobs which can deliver an immense sense of satisfaction.
If you want to find out more about the values which are good to have when working in health and social care read this article by Community Care.
Step 3: Getting Qualified as a Health and Social Care Worker
Getting into health and social care presents many different options - possible routes include securing a job which will train you whilst you work, an apprenticeship or obtaining professional qualifications such as the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care offered by The Training Room.
The level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupation Standards approved by Skills for Care & Development, as well as been recognised by nursing providers and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Comprising of a number of modules, this nationally recognised qualification covers the core competencies and areas which are needed in order to work in a health and social care capacity.
Step 4: The Flexibility to Study in Your Own Time
When deciding to study a qualification of any type it can sometimes be difficult to dedicate specific time to your studies - especially if you are studying alongside full-time employment, have childcare responsibilities or even other commitments.
At The Training Room we recognise that not everyone can commit regular time intervals to their education - after all, not everyone works 9 to 5! That’s why we offer the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care via e-learning .
Our online courses take place via a state-of-the-art platform to which you will have access 24/7 and is accessible to the student for 12 months. During this time you are completely in control of your studies; when and where is entirely up to you. All of our e-learning courses include dedicated tutor support, materials and most importantly flexible learning that leads to recognised qualifications.
On this course you will also have the opportunity to gain experience within a health and social care setting, in addition you must be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked to undertake work within health and social care.
Step 5: Specialisation
Within health and social care there are many different paths which you can take - you could decide to specialise in working with children or patients with dementia or you could become more specialised still and look to become an Occupational Therapist.
In addition to our health and social care courses, The Training Room also offer courses to become a Counsellor or to specialise in End of Life Care - both important areas which provide invaluable skills whilst working within the sector.
Opportunities to specialise within this industry are plentiful, with the NHS predicting that by 2030 there will be half a million new jobs in this sector.
Step 6: Getting Your Career
You’re qualified - well done! But what is next?
By this stage you will have completed a placement within a health and social care setting and will have gained a feel for the roles available and the working environment. Skillsforcare.org have a brilliant list which outlines the roles available within this sector and which qualifications are necessary for each role. The NHS is the main employer in this area, but you may also find employment in private, voluntary or not-for-profit sectors.
Finding a job may seem daunting but it does not have to be. When you take a training course with The Training Room we will give you career support you from the day you register for up to 3 years, helping you to land your dream career within health and social care.
Step 7: Getting Down To Business
During the first few months that you work, you should take every opportunity to progress, learn and grow within your role. Take this opportunity to start building up your skills, try out different roles if possible and get a feel for what you like. Health and social care is a vast sector and there are many roles which you can work in; if you don’t like one role, try another! Use this time to experience different roles and what they entail.
Step 8: Reap The Rewards
After a while you’ll start to see the benefits of all your hard work - financially non-management can expect to earn up to £24,000 with additional payments for weekend and night-shifts often the case. Furthermore, you will be in a rewarding career that you love, a career that you’ve always dreamed of!
Step 9: Continue To Learn
Once in work it is important not to become complacent - further qualifications can be undertaken and new skills can be learnt. These will further your earning potential and increase your chances of career progression. Social care workers are able to progress into more managerial positions as well as many other options such as working with specific groups of people.
Step 10: Celebrate!
You’ve done it. You’ve become a successful Health and Social Care Worker.
Yes at times this may not be the easiest career but it is by far one of the most rewarding - give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it!
Want Some More Information?
If you would like some more information about our health and social care courses or any of the other courses that we have on offer then head over to our website and have a browse. Or if you’d rather speak to us in person, you can request for us to give you a call or call us yourself to speak to one of our friendly advisors.
Your new career in care is waiting for you, are you ready to take the first step?