According to a recent article published by the BBC, the UK Government has launched a scheme to target young people to work in health and social care. The scheme, called the Every Day is Different, has been promoted on social media and various online platforms to encourage under-40s to pursue a career as a care worker, therapist or activity co-ordinator. As of February 2019, it is reported that there are 100,000 vacancies in health and social care. And there are rumoured fears that this might rise once Brexit happens. What's even more alarming is that a report by Health Foundation charity has said that GP numbers have fallen slightly in the past year, and there are continued shortages for key positions such as health visitors, community nurses, and learning disability staff.
The Demand for Health and Social Work is There, But Why The Low Uptake?Well, for one, the sector has been under negative press for quite some time. There have been stories from patients' relatives who have complained about the poor care they have been receiving. While instances like this do occur, the necessary action is taken. But these negative stories only make a small portion of the dedicated commitment of health and social care work. It is no secret to say that it takes a certain kind of person with a particular set of personality and character traits to become a health and social care worker. Workers do need to be mentally strong when it comes to facing difficult situations, like seeing the health of a person they've been looking after starting to deteriorate and dealing with family members that don't appreciate what you do. But in terms of the reward and satisfaction that a health and social care worker gains from their work are something that cannot be compared. The other deterrent is the perceived low salary. However, this is false. Just like any other sector, those who are willing to work hard, and gain the relevant qualifications in the sector will see a rise in their salary. Here's a breakdown of the salary expectation for each qualification level that you gain:
- Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF): You could expect to earn an average of £18,750 per year
- Level 3 Diploma in Care (RQF): you would be expected to become a team leader or senior staff and could expect to earn between £15,500 to £22,000 per year
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Care: You qualify to become a care manager and manage a care facility for adults and you could expect to earn between £22,000 to £54,000 per year