Developing your career in the healthcare sector - Part 2

By Chris Pritchard

In part 1 of this series, I offered my advice on how you can break into the healthcare industry through entry level opportunities. In continuation, I show you the opportunities to progress in the healthcare sector!

Career progression routes in Healthcare

The care industry holds many opportunities for career progression! Individuals who demonstrate compassion, patience and the ability to work under pressure are the ones who shoot up the ladder. For this reason, it’s important to know what position you are aiming for and consider your options on what will work best for you. Below, we take a look at some career routes you can take:

Care Manager

Working as a care manager is a very responsible job. As a care manager you could run, for example, a care home for older people or for those with learning disabilities, a residential

child care home or a home care agency. As a manager you play an essential role in keeping the provision of care running smoothly whilst ensuring that your clients receive the best possible care available to them. You assess needs, plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of care. Various NVQs in management are available including the Registered Managers Award (Adults) level 4 and the Award for Managers in Residential Child Care level 4. Alternatively you could have a social work degree or nursing qualification or degree.

Skills you will need

  • Excellent communication, observation and listening skills
  • The ability to assess an individual's care and support needs
  • The ability to apply medical knowledge to patients' needs
  • Strong leadership to maintain national quality standards
  • The ability to negotiate and manage a budget
  • IT and report writing skills

Care Trainer/Assessor

In addition to the qualifications you have gained for your work, you could complete an Assessor Award which is part of the NVQ level 3 Training and Support qualification. This would then enable you to assess the competence of students and trainees, or by completing the full qualification you could deliver training or support the training and development of staff and colleagues in your own work place. If you think you would like to become an NVQ

Assessor / Trainer talk to your employer or contact your local training provider for more information about courses available.

Skills you will need

  • The ability to motivate people
  • The ability to deliver training and lead workshops
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Accurate report writing and record-keeping

Keen to find out what other career opportunities are in store for you? Then stay tuned for my 3rd and final part of this series!

About the author

Chris Pritchard is the Associate Director for Search Medical, Health and Social Care. Covering offices in the North West England, Chris manages six individual teams covering temporary and permanent recruitment for nursing and social care roles, both in the private and public sectors as framework suppliers of Social Workers to Local Authorities and Nursing to NHS Trusts. He has been with Search for almost seven years, and working in recruitment for twelve years. He is passionate about helping clients in the sector attract a diverse workforce into the health and social care industry from entry level roles up to qualified specialists.

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