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The world of health and social care does get a rather unfair reputation, in particular in the media. We’ve seen reports where the people who work in health and social care don’t provide the best care. Even though these reports only represent a small percentage of the industry, it really shouldn’t happen.

The industry itself provides the best care for those who need it the most. And there many patients who welcome having the industry there, because, without this industry, many would be without the support and care they so desperately need.

But some myths don’t seem to go away. And it deters people from wanting to work in this industry.

What this article aims to do is to debunk 4 of the most common myths that are associated with careers in healthcare and social care:  

1. Little Job Satisfaction

Having a career in healthcare & social care is extremely challenging. Those who work in this sector will have encountered difficult patients and would have had confrontations with the patient’s family members. And all these workers are trying to do is provide the best possible care.

It would be easy to conclude that there is little job satisfaction since it can feel like you’re not being appreciated for what you do.  

Fortunately, the industry has considered this. Now, it is in the sector’s care policy to ensure staff are not mistreated or disrespected.

And carers also have a right to report any customer/patient who is showing inappropriate behavior towards them. So measures are in place to ensure your time and effort is being fully appreciated.

Now, as for job satisfaction, it is there. But this boils down to what naturally motivates you. If you get motivated by money, then a career in health and social care is not for you. Staff who have had successful careers in this industry are motivated by helping people.

There is intense satisfaction in helping someone successfully overcome their challenges daily.

2. Low Pay

This is another myth that regularly comes up time and time again regarding careers in healthcare. But this myth can be easily dismissed.

Depending on how willing you are to work hard and complete the necessary qualifications, you’ll find that working in the health and social care sector has both job satisfaction and financial reward.

In the UK, health and social care workers can complete qualifications to enable them to work in a higher position and attain a better salary.

The bullet points listed below outlines the expected salary for each qualification level achieved:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care: expected to work in an entry-level position and earn up to £15,000 per annum.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: expected to work as a team leader or senior position and earn in the region up to £22,000 per annum.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care: qualifies you to become a manager or to be able to manage a care facility where you can earn on average of £33,000 to £50,000 per annum.

As you can see from above, if you’re willing to work hard and gain the right qualifications, then you can earn a decent living.

3. You Feel Emotionally Drained

Always putting other people’s needs before your own can leave you emotionally drained. And this is bound to happen to work in health and social care. But luckily, the sector has something in place to prevent this from happening.

The industry does value their staff, and they ensure their staff is well looked after. Many organizations in health and social care have meetings at the end of the shift to reflect on what has happened during the day.

These meetings are there to share and release any emotional baggage.  And as a result, workers will feel much lighter and happier.

There is a very good reason why airline companies advise their passengers to put on their oxygen mask before tending to their child. If a parent can’t look after themselves, how would they be able to look after a child? And the same goes for health and social care workers.  

The training health and social care workers receive helps them to build relations with their patients through effective communication. 

Communicating with patients who have a learning disability or are elderly person requires you to master a skill. Once these skills are master, their roles will be much easier due to reducing the chances of any miscommunication.

And as part of health and social care worker’s training, they need to ensure they create a safe and secure environment that benefits both staff and patients. Without this, staff would be left at a disadvantage.

4. Family Members of Patients Don’t Appreciate What You Do

This myth is both true and false to a certain degree. It is true to say that health and social care has recently been portrayed rather negatively in the media in recent times. These were exposed through undercover reporting at only a few care homes.

Even though these care homes were rightfully condemned, these negative reports don’t represent a large majority of care homes in the UK.

And unfortunately, people will look at these reports and will automatically assume all care homes are bad. But that is not a fact.

The health and social care industry wants to ensure that their patients receive the best possible care. There are external authorities who regularly monitor the health and social care working environments to ensure it is of the highest standard.

Sure you will get family members who will question everything that you do when you look after their loved ones. But as long as you demonstrate a positive attitude and show commitment to looking after your patients, then their family members will begin to appreciate what you do.

Hopefully, this article has successfully debunked the 4 common myths. And if you think you have the right characteristics to work in health and social care, then you should consider exploring it.

Thanks for reading about careers in healthcare. Do you know of any other myths of working in health and social care? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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Mayur Mistry is a freelance copywriter and blogger from Manchester, UK. He regularly contributes for The Learning Station, an online training provider, where he writes about careers advice, study tips and industry related content, in particularly the construction sector and health and social care.

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