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Adult Health and Social Care

Working in health and social care is not just an emotionally rewarding role, it’s one of the most varied too. Working with a range of people with different care needs means every day is different to the next. What’s more there are thousands of jobs available nationwide. So, if you are looking for a job to be proud of, now could be the perfect time to start your career in health and social care.

Types of roles

There are lots of different job roles in social care; it just depends what you’re interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work. You can work in a variety of settings, including in a residential care home, in someone else’s home or even your own home, supporting people as a Shared Lives carer.

Care at home – supporting people in their own homes

Anyone at any stage of life could need care and support while living at home and in their community. This includes people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment or physical disabilities and older people. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Residential care – supporting people living in nursing/care homes

Residential care can often (but not always) involve working with people with health conditions such as dementia and other complex needs that make it difficult for them to live independently in their own home. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Shared Lives schemes – opening your life to include someone who needs care and support

Shared Lives carers open their home and family life to include someone who needs care and support. It could be for a day, a short break, or to live with you as part of your family over the long term. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Benefits of working in Health and Social Care

  • Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities.
  • With thousands of jobs available nationwide, there are lots of great reasons to become an adult social care worker right now.
  • The opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and help your local community
  • Ongoing career progression, training and learning new transferable skills.
  • Long-term employment prospects and opportunities.
  • Flexible hours to fit around your other commitments.
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Desirable skills

You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started. If you’re passionate about helping others, you’ve already got the qualities it takes and there’s training for everything else. For many employers a person’s attitude and ability to be empathetic are important factors, and there are often opportunities to enter care settings without direct experience in the sector.

For many jobs, you don’t need any formal qualifications. However, there are some great options for free online learning which could give your applications the edge. This includes a level 2 qualification in Adult Health and Social Care available for free through the Open University (opens in a new tab).

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