Qualification will Improve Access to Health Jobs

16 December 2016 | Childcare, Health & Social Care, College News

Health and Social Care students

A City College Plymouth qualification, supported by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Livewell Southwest, is set to help get more people working in healthcare.

The Certificate in Working in the Health Sector is a knowledge-based course that forms the basis of the framework that all new NHS staff have to complete. Although no guarantee of a job interview, having the qualification will put applicants in a very strong position.

The flexible level 2 course can be studied one day a week for ten weeks, or three days a week for three weeks. There are no specific entry requirements or placements and, in many cases, the course is fully-funded so there are no costs involved.

The Certificate in Working in the Health Sector has been introduced at a time when the health and social care system is high on the agenda. The sector is set to undergo profound changes over the next decade, with local government, the NHS and other stakeholders stressing that the system is nearly at breaking point.

During the next 20 years it is estimated that the population will grow by eight million, with the number of people aged between 65-84 rising by 39% and those over 85 by 106%. The results of an ageing population with complex care requirements, plus other issues such as obesity, smoking and alcohol-related diseases, antibiotic resistance and mental health illnesses, will be increasingly significant challenges.

“As the demands on the healthcare sector grow, it is going to be vital that adequate staffing levels are in place,” said Teresa Gardner, Director of Business, Hospitality, Care and Science.

“While there are plans at a national level for a more joined-up approach to the delivery of services, it is important that at a local level we make it as easy as possible for people to enter and build careers in this area.

“The Certificate in Working in the Health Sector is the latest qualification that we have developed in partnership with local health organisations. The flexibility of its delivery makes it suitable for anyone wanting to start a career in healthcare, whether it’s a young person unhappy with their career choice, someone looking for a change of direction, or the unemployed wanting to get back into work. Completing the Certificate also offers the opportunity for further study in health sector qualifications at the College.”

The first ten-week course is due to start on 27 January 2017, with more running throughout the year. For further information, the College is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Kings Road. To find out more, please visit our events page or call 01752 305300.

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