Pathway to Care – Learning to Care
A Career in Health & Social Care
Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities in the current job market.
There’s an estimated 1.49 million people working in social care, and by 2035 we’ll need to fill around 580,000 more jobs.
Somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others. If you like working with people, social care offers a worthwhile job that can turn into a rewarding, long-term career.
Health & Social Care Level 1
- Introduction to the Adult Social Care Sector
- Introduction to the Values and Principles of Adult Social Care
- Awareness of the Skills and Attitudes Needed to Work in Adult Social Care
- Awareness of Communication
- Awareness of the Role and Responsibilities of The Adult Social Care Worker
Health & Social Care Level 2
- Principles of Communication in Adult Social Care Settings
- Principles of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings
- Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Settings
- Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
- Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
- Understand the Role of The Social Care Worker
- Understand Person-Centred Approaches in Adult Social Care Settings
- Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Settings
- Understand how to Handle Information in Social Care Settings
Awareness of Dementia
- Dementia Awareness
- The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
- Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
- Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
Mentla Health Awareness
- Understanding Mental Health
- Understanding Stress
- Understanding Anxiety
- Understanding Phobias
- Understanding Depression
- Understanding Post-Natal Depression
- Understanding Bipolar Disorder
- Understanding Schizophrenia
- Understanding Dementia
- Understanding Eating Disorders
End of Life Care
- Know different perspectives on death and dying
- Understand the aims, principles and policies of end-of-life care
- Understand factors regarding communication in end-of-life care
- Know how to access the range of support services available to individuals and others
Medication Handling and Administration
- Introduction to medication types and processes
- Introduction to the principles of handling medication
- Introduction to the principles of administering medication
Understanding Infection Prevention and Control
- Understand common healthcare associated infections
- Understand the importance of correct hand washing procedures for infection prevention and control
- Understand the principles of PPE
- Know how to manage linen
- Understand the decontamination process in health and care
- Know the correct management of blood and bodily fluid spills
- Know the correct management of sharps
- Understand waste management and the associated risks
- Know the roles and responsibilities in preventing infection
Starting your career
It doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are, if you want to help people there’s a social care job for you.
You don’t necessarily need any qualifications or previous work experience to get a job in social care, however an understanding of the industry and training can make you stand out.
What’s really important is your values and attitude towards working with people who need care and support.
What type of person do I need to be?
In social care you’ll be helping people to live more independently and have a better quality of life so it’s really important you have the right values.
Here are some of the values and behaviours you might need to work in social care.
Treat people with dignity and respect
Good at working with others
Committed to quality care and improving lives
Willing to learn and develop at work
Here are examples of how these values might look in your everyday work.
You spend time listening to people to get to know them and their needs
You respect people’s right to make their own choices and decisions
You’re committed to working as part of a team
You give people your full attention and help people when they need it most