Role of Health and Social Care Workers

Social care is a term used for help that is provided in terms of physical and emotional support. The main aim is to help people live their lives in a happy and healthy manner despite their disabilities; either physical or emotional.

Life is unpredictable and people can have the need for such support at any point. Health and social care is required to maintain people’s independence, control, and dignity.

Working in Social Care

A job in the social care sector means that you will be providing support for non-clinical needs. However, there is a significant collaboration between health care workers and social care.

As of now, the social sector in the UK has 1.48 million employees. By 2030, the sector will be enriched by half a million extra jobs.

Health and social care workers can provide their support to the people in need in their own homes, residential homes, day centres or other support facilities.

Role of Health and Social Care Workers in Detail

A health and social care worker has a significant role to play in the society. They can have a positive impact on the people around them if they understand their duties.

Following are a few pointers that describe the main role of a health and social care worker and situations where their help is required:

  • Provide care for family members in a certain in need situation
  • Care for individual facing trouble of conflict in various relationships
  • People facing challenges of old age
  • Individuals with mental disabilities or distress
  • Addicts of alcohol or other drugs
  • Physically disabled people having independence issues and facing isolation from society
  • People with financial issues; struggling to get by

Social workers have the right to intervene in the family or private life in case of:

  • Individuals need to protected from themselves and prevention of harm to there is needed due their actions
  • Promoting human development and security
  • Encouraging for social inclusion and healthy participation during the lifetime
  • Health and social care workers can help:
  • Children with emotional shortcomings
  • Children with special needs
  • Adults need of establishing their independence and dignity again
  • Old men and women

Additional Duties of Health and Social Care Workers

Social work employers are in charge of distinguishing circumstances where an enlisted, experienced social worker ought to end up distinctly included. Mediation may happen on either a protection or statutory premise when:

  • Helpless grown-ups and youngsters require defending from mishandling, disregard or misuse, and perhaps require removal from their home
  • A child or grown-up could bring about noteworthy trouble to themselves or others
  • There is a genuine probability of family deterioration or relationship breakdown, which undermines to hinder well-being and prosperity
  • Guardians or caregivers are no longer capable of taking care of their kids

Health and social care workers have a wide range of responsibilities and can help in multiple ways. Their support can greatly provide for the well-being of the overall society around them. They can act as friends, brokers, and advocates along with health care aides to people with various needs.

At TutorCare we offer a wide range of training courses for the Health and Social Care sector.

These include:

NVQ Health and Social Care Overview

QCF (NVQ) Diploma In Health & Social Care – Level 2

QCF (NVQ) Diploma In Health & Social Care – Level 3

QCF (NVQ) Diploma In Health & Social Care – Level 4

QCF (NVQ) Diploma In Health & Social Care – Level 5

QCF/NVQ in Management Level 7


External References:

How To Properly Care For A Minor Workplace Injury

Minor cuts, scrapes, bruises and burns… they’re a part of daily life with most of them taking place in the home. However, it’s not uncommon for them to occur in a place of employment. A majority of companies have some type of accident policy (with risk assessment) that dictates what happens in these types of cases. This article looks at dealing with a minor workplace injury. Continue reading “How To Properly Care For A Minor Workplace Injury”


A foreign object that is stuck at the back of the throat may block the throat or cause muscular spasm.

Young children especially are prone to choking. A child may choke on food, or may put small objects into their mouth and cause a blockage of the airway.

If the blockage of the area airway is mild, the casualty should be able to clear it; if it is severe they will be not be able to speak, cough or breathe and will eventually lose consciousness.

How to Recognise a:

Mild Obstruction:

  • Casualty will be able to breathe, speak, cry or cough
  • Severe obstruction

Severe Obstruction:

  • Casualty will be unable to breathe, speak, cry or cough
  • Casualty will eventually lose consciousness unless they are given assistance

Treatment for adult or child

Your aims are to remove the obstruction and to arrange urgent removal to hospital if necessary.

If the obstruction is mild:

  • Encourage them to continue coughing
  • Remove anything that is an obvious obstruction from the mouth

If the obstruction is severe:

Give up to 5 back blows

  • Look inside the mouth and remove anything causing an obvious obstruction

If the obstruction has not moved:

  • Give up to 5 abdominal thrusts
  • Look inside the mouth and remove anything causing an obvious obstruction

If the obstruction has not been cleared after repeating the cycle of back blows and abdominal thrusts three times

Call an ambulance by dialling 999 or 112

Keep repeating the pattern until help arrives

To see images and a video of actions that can be performed by a trained adult go here – What to do when a baby or infant chokes (For trained professionals)

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Registered care home managers: what qualifications you will need

If you have the ambition to become a manager or supervisors in a care home, you will need certain skills, qualities and qualifications. This is the case in any position of responsibility, especially in the care sector where the welfare of other people is at stake.


To progress in a managerial role in the care sector, you will need to be a certain kind of person. You will need to have integrity, be responsible, organised and honest, and be able to manage people. Most importantly, you need to be passionate about protecting and respecting the people in your care.


Depending on the position you are applying for, you will need either one or both of the following care training qualifications:

NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care This kind of course covers most managerial duties, including communication and reporting, professional development (of self and staff), the protection of all individuals and healthy and safe working practices.

Leadership and Management of Care Services (LMC) This care training course goes into more depth on the subject of how to efficiently run a care service. It covers everything from how to develop procedures, policies and practices to communication, leadership skills and respecting the rights of patients.


The Importance of Health & Safety in the workplace

A healthy and safe atmosphere exerts positivity and relaxation irrespective of the fact whether it’s your workplace or your home. However, employers need to take special care for the health, safety, and well-being of their employees. Not only does it increase the productivity of their employees but it is an obligation that they must follow and non-adherence to it can get them in trouble legally. There are many benefits that an employer can derive by giving their employees a safe and healthy environment. Some of these benefits include positive work environment, lower staff turnover, enhanced productivity etc.

Apart from legal restrictions, providing a healthy and safe environment to the employees should be the top-most priority of the employer owing to the following reasons.

The main benefit of keeping the office atmosphere safe comes in the form of enhanced productivity of employees. This brings with it workplace positivity and offers employees a relaxed environment in the knowledge that they are not at risk. An office that is fully equipped with safety measures and employees that understand their responsibility (and yours as employer) will help them focus on their own abilities resulting in increased productivity.

Any accident in the office premises can cost the employer a lot financially and if in an unfortunate case of the accident an employee gets injured, the severity of the problem increases dramatically. The financial loss will depend on the accident, but the cost of injury to the employee will have to be borne by the employer. A safe and secure environment will reduce the insurance cost  a great deal.

A workplace with no proper health and safety maintenance will definitely see a lot of employees quitting the work for better prospects. No person likes to work in an environment where they are not provided with proper safety gear or equipment. The employer ultimately is responsible for this. If there is heavy machinery installed in the workplace, it is the duty of the employer to check all the security concerns associated with it, ensuring it is well maintained. It is also their responsibility to communicate the safety precautions to the employees for their well-being aswell as making them understand the implications of ignoring any safety guidelines.

The employer needs to address all the risks and concerns associated with the office premises, the business, subcontractors and employees. It is useful in most cases to assign an individual to oversee all health and safety aspects within the business.  Training can then be brought inhouse not only for the employees but also the designated Health and Safety person.

Not offering a safe, secure, and healthy environment to the employees will have the employer’s reputation at stake. Accidents can ruin reputations as well as lives. The following courses offered by TutorCare online will discuss the reasons and importance of why employee’s safety and health should be the first priority for any employer.

Health and Safety E-Learning Courses (an overview)

Emergency First Aid Awareness

Health and Safety Level 2 (includes conducting appropriate risk assessments)

Developing basic knowledge of health and safety in the workplace

Regardless of your job or the sector or industry you work within, it is always useful for you to have basic knowledge of health and safety in the workplace. Understanding how to work safely can help to protect both you and the people you work with, and it could possibly prevent major incident or injury.

On a basic training course, Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1 (CIEH), you will get a good introduction to the principles of working safely. By the end of the half-day session, you will be able to spot hazards and risks, and safely avoid them. You will also learn about how to work safely in a variety of workplace conditions, and whilst carrying out a number of tasks. This means that the course content should apply to everyone, no matter what industry they work within.

There are other courses you can take to improve your knowledge of workplace health and safety. For example, there is a one-day IOSH Working Safely Course, which gives employees from all sectors a basic grounding in the essential principles of health and safety within the workplace. It is in your employers’ interest to send you on such a course, as it makes the workplace safer overall, so it may be worth a mention.

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