Careers in Health and Social Care
Your route into health and social care in Powys
Where do you want to go?
Information last updated: 30.06.2023
How do you want to get there?
Information last updated: 30.06.2023
What is health and social care?
Providing health or social care could see you work with people of all ages, from babies through to older adults and is often viewed as one of society’s greatest necessities.
Health care deals with the diagnosis and the prescribing of treatment for both physical and mental illness, while social care supports people who use care facilities or who want to live independently in their own homes.
Both aim to promote good health, independence and wellbeing.
Roles in health and social care
Working in health and social care offers many different career paths, with more than 350 different job roles available.
This includes some of the more obvious ones such as medicine, nursing, therapies, adults and children's care and social work. But cooks, cleaners, porters, maintenance staff, accountants, IT technicians and administrators are also needed.
You can find out more by visiting Careersville: https://careersville.heiw.wales/
YouTube video about Careersville:
Opportunities for young people
Post 16 learners at two Powys schools – Ysgol Llanfyllin and Crickhowell High School – who are studying Health and Social Care at Level 3 can take part in training sessions run by the Health and Care Academy. And we hope to offer this opportunity to more schools in the future.
There are also opportunities to gain experience through work placements with:
Powys Teaching Health Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Powys County Council (social care): email@example.com
If you don’t want to stay on at school or go to college, after turning 16, you might want to follow an apprenticeship instead?
Volunteering can also be a great way of gaining experience in health and social care. You can find opportunities through:
Social care: ‘The best job in the world’
Sharon Frewin, who works as Powys County Council’s Head of Adult Services says working in social care is the “best job in the world”.
She began her career in the sector as a community support officer, after volunteering and then training as a learning disabilities nurse and has risen to one of the top social care jobs in the country.
Search ‘Powys jobs’ then ‘care’.
Careers advice and jobs
For further advice, speak to the careers advisor at your school, or chat to one on the phone or online: https://careerswales.gov.wales/contact-us#
Careers Wales advice on jobs in health and social care: https://careerswales.gov.wales/job-information/subjects/health-and-social-care
Advice on choosing the right subject or course: https://careerswales.gov.wales/courses-and-training/how-to-choose-the-right-subject-or-course
Welsh language skills are also great to have and are much sought after by health and social care employers!
Jobs in health and social care:
Powys Teaching Health Board: https://pthb.nhs.wales/working-for-us/current-jobs/
Powys County Council: https://en.powys.gov.uk/job-vacancies
Why work in health and care?
Katelyn Falvey joined Powys Teaching Health Board as a physiotherapist and has progressed to become its Head of Organisational Design and Workforce Transformation.
She explains that there are chances to progress in the health and social care sector in Powys if you are ambitious:
Katelyn’s full discussion with Rhys Griffiths from the Open University can be viewed here on Business News Wales’s Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/696002535
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