Applying for Health and Social Care Jobs

Applying for health and social care jobs is one of the smartest things you can do in today’s slow economy. Health and social care jobs fall into some of the categories of employment that will always be in need of workers because they will never run out of clients. You have undoubtedly heard the old adage that a liquor store is busy when times are good, and a liquor store is busy when times are bad, so a fool proof way to make a living is to own a liquor store. Well, when you deal with human ailments and human elements and no matter how poor the economy gets there will still be humans and they will still get sick.

To apply for health and social care jobs you can go to all of the hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, labs, dentist’s offices, therapist’s offices, and other medical establishments in your town. You will manage to get your application into about one half of the places that hire health and social care jobs applicants by using this method of job searching.

Health and social care jobs are the ones held by therapists, nurses, the nursing assistants, the doctor, the dentist, the hygienist, and the many other licensed professionals that take care of humans when they are sick. These jobs are also filled by people who sit with the elderly while their family members have to go to jobs and have to go to other engagements. They do the laundry for the elderly and they visit with them and cook their meals.

Recruitment agencies often hire these professionals for the companies that hire them. A recruiting agency has more time to devote to finding the right person to fill the opening rather than having to hire someone that may not be the best choice for the opening.

Recruitment agencies will take care of the background checks that are necessary before a person can be hired to work in these types of positions. The recruiters also see to it that the drug screening is done and that records of any licenses that the people hold are obtained and proven. Licenses for people that do this type of work need to be redone every couple of years. Just because a person went to nursing school does not mean that they have kept up with their continuing education credits or kept their license current and good.

When a recruiting agency finds an employee that they think will make the company that is hiring a good employee they will set up a final interview with the human resources agent in the company that has the job opening. Their main goal is to be sending the right person to the right job so that the company gets the help they need and do not have to turn the people down and keep having more people brought around.

Working with the elderly and with sick people will be a rewarding career, but it can also be a challenging career

Healing Prayer and Medical Care by Abby H. Abildness

A Blueprint for Balancing Healing Prayer with Medical Care

“Healing Prayer and Medical Care” provides important guidelines for determining balanced prayer and medicine in healing care. Abby H. Abildness, a behavioral health care specialist, has observed that healing comes after patients have reconciled with God and recognized His purpose in their lives. The book is a compilation of true stories of prayer, medical intervention, and miraculous healing. There are stories of hearts touched, relationships restored, and bodies healed.

Abildness works closely with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Chapel. Rest, restoration, and healing make are the critical foundations of the ministry of the Chapel. Theirs is a holistic approach to healing. The Hershey Medical Center Chapel program recognizes the importance of ministering to the body, soul, and spirit of the individual.

Jesus’ teaching model is applied in the Chapel ministry, which includes: “Ministering to unbelievers in crisis, finding a balanced prescription for healing, finding healing in worship, healing from the heart of God, healing in communion with God and one another, healing in the Word, and healing faith. It is a place of safety, refuge, and healing. Hearts are healing, destinies fulfilled, person refreshment, and restoration work together to remove unbelief and doubt, which are replaced with a stronger faith.

The book is an excellent study of God’s original design for healing. Biblical study and a study of Clinical Medicines original design are both included. Abildness advocates the need to find a balance of cultural beliefs with healing. She considers the question, “Who carries authority to heal?”
She presents a step by step training plan for establishing a healing prayer team in the appendices with a model of choice words and scriptures.

Abildness challenges the reader to become involved in a movement of healing among nations with a call to think and pray globally. “Healing Prayer and Medical Care” provides a proven blueprint for a vital healing prayer ministry.

NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care – What’s Involved?

Why an NVQ in Health and Social Care?

Are you always bothered about the wellbeing of others? Are you employed in the healthcare field and would like to further your career prospects by obtaining qualifications?

One of the most popular NVQs is Health and Social Care, designed to enable you to deliver care of others to an excellent standard, understand your responsibilities and ensuring those in care are in a safe and healthy environment.

As with most NVQs, the main requirement is that you are already in employment (paid or voluntary), but it is likely that your employer will sponsor your course – especially for the Health and Social Care NVQ.

Usually your tutor will either support you at work or offer you a centre to go to. You may even be entitled to Government subsidisation, so check if you’re eligible!

What NVQ level should I be at?

An NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care is the level of the following roles:

- healthcare assistants/support workers employed in acute health environments

- healthcare assistants/support workers employed in community and primary care environments

- care assistants/key workers employed in residential settings

- care assistants/key workers employed in domiciliary services

- care assistants/key workers employed in day services

- support workers employed in supported living projects

- community based care assistants/key workers including those employed in specialist areas such as dementia and learning disabilities.

- personal assistants employed by the individual they support or their families

What types of tasks will be required for NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care?

Essential:

Identify all sorts of hazards in the workplace

Assess risk levels and recommend action plans

Review your workplace assessment of risks

Carry out specific plan of care activities

Provide feedback on care activities

Contribute to revisions of care activities plan

Communicate with specific individuals

Access/update reports and records

Listen to individuals’ questions or concerns

Support individuals in the way they prefer

Treat people with respect

Assist in protecting individuals

Typical optional units:

Support individuals in how to obtain, store and prepare food

Support individuals in how to obtain household goods

Help others keep their homes safe and secure as well as healthy

Support others to maintain mobility

Support individuals to go to the toilet and getting dressed

Support others in moving from one place to another

Help those who are undertaking medical examinations or recovering from treatments

Recognising and dealing with risks of harm and abuse

Help maintain materials or equipment

The Ailing Welfare Service: Reforms of Health and Social Care Needs Proper Scrutiny

Change is part of a humans’ existence therefore, it is unavoidable and timeless. This concept is interrelated and insensitive to current occurrences within the wider welfare institutions in the UK’s health and social care sectors in particular. At present, health and social services are yet again undergoing a painstaking restructuring that is creating psychological and physical stresses to the entire workforce and consumers. This trajectory is building uncertain future due to continuous re-organizations, change of emphasis and redirections of care delivery to the general public. Ironically, people are not sure where their future and loyalty lies as changes in the system is triggering great worries to all concerned.

On reflection, health and social services went through a huge conscientious change in 1990s (The NHS and Community Care Act), that reconfigured the welfare systems to what many practitioners and managers thought would be a modern establishment. However, the New Labour government in 1997 to 2010 changed the prospect and redesigned it to new approaches such as personalization of services (Direct payments, Cash for Care and Personal Budgets) that transformed services delivery within the sectors. Change can make or break staff commitment, maximization of services, profitability or industrial disputes between the management and employees, this owing to mishaps within industrial relations’ policies and protocols.

Changing organizational cultures as well as philosophy and employee’s terms of reference requires effective governance and scrutiny in order to ensure health and social care reforms work for the benefits of all. The key to making the reforms work as planned would be to safeguard effective analysis of all new policy directives and structures. It is now questionable whether the “New Ways of Working” is capable of changing the fabrics and structures of the welfare services in the UK. The main themes of the overhauls are to reduce costs/budgets, staffing and improving quality and standards of services.

Decision making in some departments or services are proving to be irrational because costs are escalating, standards declining and waiting lists for assessment increasing across many social services departments. Most quality newspapers affirm that the coalition may have done everything they could to start implementing health and social care modifications before being properly examined. But, without careful considerations and good governance the plans would be an unmitigated disaster. That notwithstanding, the speed of restructuring and reallocation of services have produced an unsettling atmosphere for most health/social care workers and managers. The government’ itinerary to continue with reforms and their failure to allow time for study or to win the professional’s backing for these radical plans have been challenging to the wider community of experts and the public at large.

Considering the clamor amongst practitioners and clinicians, the question is, would the governments’ defiant be regarded as democratic or dictetorism? In contrast, it is believed that democracy means “government for the people and by the people”. If that is the case, the coalition would have itself to be blamed for any criticisms regarding their actions. The dismantling of the (PCT) Primary Care Trusts throughout the country in the next two or three years could be termed as political vandalism of tax payer’s money and good governance.

Similarly, most strategic health and local government authorities have expressed concerns regarding cutbacks on their budget, which could have huge ramifications to services for older people and other vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities and mental health. This has also been widely highlighted by a large proportion of the professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, British Medical Association and BBC 2 News Night in particular. The criticisms of the government is now without seasoning because health and social care organizations needs to double their expected cuts in order to remain afloat.

The growth of older people and their increasing demand for care is now unprecedented and becoming a threat to the welfare service and public services. This is despite extraordinary support from informal caregivers who are believed to have saved the government over eleven (£11bn) billion pounds a year. That notwithstanding, change is needed to reduce duplications within the system therefore, what is desirable now is a long term strategic alliance between all stakeholders (the national and local governments, health and social care and family members etc.). This would guarantee and strengthen collaborative services and minimization of costs and wastage within the sectors involved. Yet, judging from the current state of the economy both the macro and micro variable, it is certain that change is foreseeable in order to meet the challenges presented by the turmoil in the financial market and escalation of cost to maintain health and social care.

However, the difficulty in planning, management and administration of the ageing universal service in the UK has been made a lot harder as a result of disproportionately deep cuts to local authorities. The Big Society agenda indicated that the government should devolve responsibilities to the community, individuals, families and the third sector. By all assumptions, this would ensure that service users’ care would continue while restructuring is in progress. In hindsight, the key to making the reforms work would be to safeguard effective control and scrutiny of all the workflow patterns and services delivery. Practically, this has proved overwhelming for the organizations and management as details of the shake-up is superficial in terms of economics and socio-politics in line with social policy in the UK.

Presently, the government seems unconcerned and flustered regarding the “House of Common’s” health select committee’s proposal that councillors should be appointed to have seats on the boards of GPs consortia. On reflection, the quality and capacity of the representatives of some voluntary bodies such as: patients/service user’s liaison body and the local involvement network agencies could be inconsistent and lacking because of clinical and financial expertise. Thus, as a scrutiny committee, it would in practice be problematic to work closely with Health Watch, as well as with the health and wellbeing boards.