Nationally and regionally, there is a shortage of people with the right skills progressing into the health and care sectors. This is confirmed in the paper
‘Creating the workforce of the future: a new collaborative approach for the NHS and colleges in England’ where Lord Victor Adebowale Chair, NHS Confederation said that:
‘The response to COVID-19 has shone a light on the commitment, skills and passion of our health and care workforce and the pride with which they, and indeed the wider country, take in their work. Yet this was a workforce under severe strain before the pandemic. In England alone, the NHS is currently operating with over 90,000 vacancies, while a quarter of all social care staff are on zero-hours contracts. It is not surprising that sector leaders have been highlighting the need to meet existing and future workforce needs as their biggest challenge for some time.
Recruiting health staff is an ongoing problem for the local NHS trusts.
There is no specialist provision for 14-16 year olds in the Scarborough and Ryedale area for curriculum choices in the health and care sectors.
Working in social care means supporting people with their non-clinical needs, although there is an important crossover between working in health and working in social care.
1.48 million people currently work in the social care sector. Because of the increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and the sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.
You could help people in their own homes, in residential homes or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing.
Healthcare focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. It is delivered by professionals in medicine, optometry, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.
Possible careers in health and social care:
||Nursing – various specialisms
||Operating department practitioner
||Speech and language therapy assistant