21/05/2021

Categories: Health and Social Care, Undergradute

Post-pandemic Social Care Concerns

The pandemic has had a profound effect on the social care sector, the people who work in it and those they provide services to. Whilst they have found many different and innovative ways in which they can continue to offer their vital services to individuals and working under the restrictions put in place to keep everyone safe, the events of the last year have thrown up some areas where there are issues.

As we move forward and many health and social care services start to return to something more like normal, it is important that consideration is given the how these issues are solved and what social care futures might be in store for those who work in the industry.

What Does Social Care Cover?

The health and social care sector covers those organisations that provide any level of healthcare support, this includes dentists, hospitals, specialist support such as physiotherapy and social care support; for example, foster caring, nursing homes and nurseries.

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Pandemic Problems

With so many of these different social care providers requiring face to face appointments with individuals to help them, the pandemic cause some significant disruption. Dentists and many specialist support providers were faced with little choice but to cancel appointments. Instead, they offered telephone triage to determine if cases were an emergency and then followed stringent PPE protocols to treat them. All but emergency treatments, including many cancer treatments, were postponed as hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of Covid patients.

Other services found moving to virtual meetings and appointments via platforms such as Zoom allowed them to continue to provide much needed services with little disruption. Initial information meetings for services such as CAMHS were easily dealt with to progress children along the appropriate pathways, and support groups offered much needed group support in the same way.

What Future Problems Might this Cause?

In cases where face to face appointments were deemed to be unsafe during the height of the pandemic, first due to the risk of transmitting the virus and then because services were overwhelmed the main problem that the social care sector will face is huge waiting lists. In the case of services that were already overstretched, getting through their waiting lists will be incredibly difficult. Those who are employed in the sector will need to find new ways to get through the extra numbers of people who have been put on the lists during the last year and this will not be an easy or quickly solved problem. If social care futures are to be maintained, then being proactive, recruiting more people and finding the right solutions is key.

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BSC Health & Social Care with Foundation at University of Bolton – Caring for the Future

If you feel that health and social care is the direction that you would like to take with your studies and are looking for a career path that is challenging and rewarding, then a health and social care course may well be the right one for you.

At the University of Bolton, we offer a health and social care undergraduate course that could pave the way to a rewarding future. Our specialist and passionate lecturers will lead you into your all-important first steps into the world of social care, providing you with the knowledge and skills that you need for an incredibly rewarding career in this sector.

We’re incredibly proud to have been voted in the Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the third year running*. As a smaller university, the experience that we offer is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive, allowing our students the opportunity to truly experience #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our health & social care course, we would be delighted to talk to you. You can reach our team of friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600 or by sending your query to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

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