Working in social care means you will be supporting people with their non-clinical needs. If you work in social care you can help people in their own homes, in residential homes or in a number of places such as day centres or supported housing.
For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social care provides a whole range of services to provide physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives.
Working in health care means you will be supporting patients with their clinical needs. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of non-clinical areas including administration , science, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care.
From treating patients to conducting research, working in health care means you will be making a difference to the lives of others. The job is incredibly rewarding and provides the opportunity to save and change lives on a daily basis regardless if you are a clinical or non-clinical member of staff.
You can enter the NHS whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications. And once you are in the NHS, we’ll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential. There are lots of ways to get into an NHS role, whether it’s joining direct from school, as an apprentice or after higher education. Or you can make the move from another sector.
Many members of staff now work in roles that cover both health and social care, and the values and qualities needed are very similar.
The Government has set out the need for the health and social care sectors to develop new integrated care models to promote health and wellbeing and provide care. In the future, this could mean your career crossing both sectors in new and exciting roles.
Several methods are in place across the country to develop and promote these new ways of working, such as: