My job as a Social Care Trainer

Samantha Stewart - Health and Social Care Management

Graduate Samantha Stewart, 21, is a social care trainer with Healthcare Training and Consultancy in Monmouth. She delivers awareness training to healthcare and supporting workers in areas such as health and safety, infection control, child protection and first aid.

When I applied for the job, my employers were looking for someone who had a Health and Social Care degree – perfect! The job seemed perfect for me in other ways too. This job would allow me to present to people, which I have always enjoyed, and use the knowledge I had acquired through my degree.

It's a great company to work for. I’ve been able to suggest new areas for training, such as autism and learning disability. And I have brought new information on health and social care and changes to policies, such as the new Care Act 2014.

Why I chose the Health and Social Care Management degree

I knew I wanted to help people but wasn’t sure who to help and in what way. The course covers such a range of topics that it is easy to identify what line of work you want to go into and what you don’t. The placements really helped with this too.

The placements were incredibly valuable. It was a real eye opener to see what care and support is really like for service users rather than just knowing the theory.
I especially enjoyed the third-year modules such as Leading, Managing and Coordinating in Health and Social Care and Inter-professional and Multi-Agency Working.  I learnt about different leadership styles and what it’s like to manage people.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone. You learn the knowledge and skills to work in any sector of Health and Social Care.
It definitely got me this job.

My top three moments of the course

  • My placements at Cardiff’s Third Sector Council and Tenovus were really interesting and I could have my own input
  • The simulation of cut backs in the health service in our leadership and management session. We were given a number of sweets and certain rules. It was an inspired way to show us how things such as ambulance waiting times can increase due to cutbacks and management
  • The simulated multi-disciplinary team meeting gave us all a valuable insight into how professionals’ ideas can clash

The best part of my job is watching learners walk away knowing something new that can positively influence their role. It’s a great industry to work in as you are helping professionals to be competent at their jobs and to clarify areas that may have changed since their last training session.

Did you know?

100% of our social work students are in employment or further study within six months of graduation – Graduate Destination Survey, 2013.

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