Health and social care in London involves the monitoring and improvement of the well-being of residents. It is a broad discipline that encapsulates social mobility, biology, nutrition, law, ethics and nutrition.
Amongst the wide range of disciplines in health and social care include social work, occupational therapy, teaching and healthcare. Entry into this sector usually requires that staff can demonstrate specialist skills, qualifications and experience in their particular sector. For instance, social workers will always be required to hold a degree or diploma in the subject. However, certain community workers involved with delivering advice or facilitating community-based activities can find employment on the basis of their specific experience.
Several London-based educational establishments provide specific qualifications in the field of health and social care, including the London Metropolitan University, the London School of Economics and the London South Bank University. Whilst some recruitment agencies will have vacancies in this sector with charities, most vacancies exist within the various local authorities in the city. These roles involve dealing with the general public; many of whom are facing poverty, abuse and crime on a daily basis. Applicants must be able to work under enormous stress, and in some cases, provocation.
London salaries in the health and social care sector range from £15,000 per year for support workers to £80,000 per year for senior social workers and health officials.