Work in the sector that aims to improve people’s lives, care for the sick and help those in need. Health and social care encompasses, amongst other things, hospitals, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, opticians and care homes, with the National Health Service (NHS) being its largest employer.
Working in health and social care can be a satisfying experience, with many opportunities for careers within the NHS as well as independent healthcare companies like BUPA or charities like the Red Cross. Courses in healthcare could also eventually lead to careers as nurses, paramedics and therapists.
Our health & social care students are based at our Stevenage Campus.
Our health and social care courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Phase Hitchin and Herts Homecare
Networking events with current professionals from across the sector
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like Mind in Herts, Kissing it Better, Healthwatch Hertfordshire, Herts Young Homeless, Stevenage Fire Station and Herts Partnership University Foundation Trust
Supporting the local community through projects and fund raising.
We offer courses, at different levels, in some of the most important occupational areas in the health and social care sector. Our courses offer both direct access employment as well as progression to higher education and develop your understanding of anatomy and physiology, patient needs, rights and responsibilities as well as help you to effectively communicate with patients. You’ll learn how to ensure safe environments and support diversity, equality and safeguarding in health and social care. Career pathways include:
Healthcare assistant (HCA): HCAs work in hospitals and other settings such as GP surgeries. You’d work alongside other healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors and midwives. HCAs are also sometimes known as nursing assistants. Day-to-day healthcare activities include washing and dressing patients, assisting patients with feeding, assisting patients with their mobility, comfort and hygiene, monitoring and documenting patients’ conditions such as temperature, pulse, breathing and weight.
Social work: our courses will develop your understanding of the work that social workers undertake with children and their families, the elderly, people with disabilities or mental health conditions, people suffering with addictions, the homeless or those affected by crime. Social workers conduct interviews to assess the circumstances and needs of different groups of people and offer them advice. They have to organise care plans, undertake assessments and recommend courses of action in liaison with other agencies such as the NHS, schools or the police.
Clinical support workers: this role is also known as therapy assistants and involves working alongside health professionals such as physiotherapists, speech and language therapists or dietitians. In this role, you’d be responsible for setting up the necessary equipment for a therapy session, preparing patients, assisting the therapist during the treatment and maintaining patient records and other administration.
Care worker: care workers or carers deliver support and companionship to the sick and the elderly both at their homes and in specialist centres or residences. You’ll perform a number of duties to help clients feel safe, secure and comfortable in their environment. These may include assisting with dressing, washing, helping with eating, shopping, cleaning or attending appointments with clients and helping them manage their medication. NHC courses provide clear routes to higher education and, ultimately, professions such a nursing, social work and counselling.