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Six Health & Social Care careers you didn't know existed

Amid the crisis of the pandemic, we have seen how vital our nurses, carers and other healthcare professions have been to our nation. They are often described as the frontline heroes, honoured in a weekly ‚ÄòClap for Carers‚Äô and their importance has never been more apparent. The pandemic has also highlighted the huge demand for people to enter into this diverse sector. According to the Prince‚ Trust, there are over 100,000 vacancies advertised in this sector at any given time, with the NHS being the pre-dominant employer; 1.6 million employees make it the fifth largest employer in the world. With over 350 roles within the health and social care sector, there is no shortage of careers to explore. We looked at six which you may not have considered. Art therapist Art therapists use visual art media to help people who struggle to express their feelings verbally confront difficult emotional issues. You will look after clients in a therapeutic setting, assessing their needs and providing guidance. As a newly qualified art therapist, your starting salary is likely to be around £31,000 per annum. Counsellor Counsellors help people to identify and resolve problems in their lives, allowing them to reflect on what is happening to them. You will provide talking therapy, allowing your clients to speak in a safe and confidential environment. Counsellors work in a range of settings including hospitals, GP practices, schools, universities and private practices. Occupational therapist Occupational therapists provide practical support to help people overcome barriers caused by illness, ageing or accidents that are preventing them from having an independent life. Did you know all new students can receive funding support of at least £5,000 per year? There is also up to £3,000 further funding available for eligible students. Rehabilitation worker You‚Äôll support people to live independently, often following an illness or accident, and help them access support with housing, finance, social activities and life skills such as cooking or budgeting. You could work with lots of different people including adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities including sight or hearing loss, mental health conditions and drug or substance abuse issues. Speech and language therapist Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. You'll help people who, for physical or psychological reasons, have problems speaking and communicating. Activities Worker You‚Äôll organise social activities for people who need care and support and support them to take part. Activities workers are usually based in care homes or day centres, but you could also work in someone‚ home or the community. There are many more roles that studying a Health & Social Care course can lead to. Study with us at Warrington & Vale Royal College to give you that first step into a rewarding career in this diverse and essential industry. You‚Äôll be taught by knowledgeable tutors who have worked in the industry and are able to pass on their knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, there is a large focus on employability and getting you work-ready so all students complete a number of mandatory work placements. We have industry links with respected employers such as Warrington Hospital and St. Rocco‚ Hospice, providing you with work experience opportunities and the skills needed in your future career. To find out more about our Health & Social Care courses,