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Types of Careers in Healthcare and Social Care

April 15th 2019

Healthcare jobs, nursing jobs, and careworker careers often carry certain reputations or preconceived ideas. But working in social care or in a care home doesn’t always mean just cleaning up after someone! In reality, there are many different types of healthcare careers to suit all kinds of people - and all of them have one thing in common: they are rewarding roles that give a great sense of fulfilment and job satisfaction. Let’s take a look at just a handful of the many various health jobs available in the social care sector…

Direct care roles

Getting a job in direct care means directly supporting the people that need your care. These kind of careers can range from ‘conventional; Care Worker roles (e.g. generally supporting people in their daily lives and routines, like helping with meals, mobility, and personal care) to Personal Assistant roles (e.g. supporting one individual either in a care home or in their personal home to make sure they are living as independently as is possible). Being a direct care worker could also mean becoming an Advocacy Worker (supporting those that are vulnerable and need helping in getting their voices heard), a Rehabilitation Worker (helping people recuperate quality of life after an accident or illness) or an Activities Worker (organising social activities, entertainment, and excursions for people in care).

Jobs in Social Care Support

As well as the main direct care careers, there are a number of supporting roles in social care that perhaps you have never heard of or considered. For example, a Welfare Rights Officer is someone that provides advice to vulnerable people or people in care about things like disability allowances, employment or housing benefits, and rent support. Similarly, a Social Care Prescriber gives advice to those that need it, but they give advice regarding wellbeing, (non-medical) support, and ways to get involved in their community and conquer isolation. You could also work in training, assessing, or coordinating people that will be giving direct care, by working as a Volunteer Coordinator, Role Administrator, HR worker, Trainer, or Assessor.

Ancillary Healthcare Jobs

You don’t just have to work in direct care or social care support to be helping people! You could also use another skill or ability to assist in the smooth running of an organisation, care home, or residential home. These are called ‘ancillary’ roles, and include things like being a Maintenance Worker, Domestic Worker/Housekeeper, Cook/Kitchen Assistant, or Driver/Transport Coordinator within a carehome or nursing home. In any of these healthcare roles, you’d still be playing a vital part in helping to care for people!

Regulated Healthcare Jobs

Of course, there are also many jobs in health & social care that require you to be registered or regulated in order to practice as a professional. Social Workers give guidance to vulnerable individuals or families, Nursing Associates perform clinical work in nursing homes, Counsellors provide emotional support to people in need of care, and Occupational Therapists help people with many kinds of disabilities to physically or mentally rehabilitate. Most of these roles do involve going to university or college to achieve some kind of diploma or qualification - but this also means they tend to involve higher salaries!

Managerial Roles in Healthcare

Last but not least, there are many opportunities to work with managerial responsibilities within social care. Healthcare manager roles can be as small as managing a few people, to as large scale as managing a whole organisation! Specific roles include Supervisor, Team Leader, and Manager. You could also be a Specialist Coordinator, meaning you’ll specialise in one specific area, such as dementia care homes or end of life care - as a coordinator of your speciality you would manage and train staff to make sure they meet policies and regulation.

With so many roles available, you’ll always be able to find a role that’s right for you. As we mentioned earlier, working in healthcare, whether it’s in a carehome, residential home, social rehabilitation centre, or healthcare organisation, you will feel fulfilled and rewarded knowing you have chosen a career that prioritises the care and support of vulnerable people.

For information on careers in our care homes and other Select Healthcare Group job opportunities, visit our Select Care Homes Careers page, or simply contact us!


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