Learning Aim A: The roles of people who work in Health and Social Care

A GP is what?
Your primary point of contact when you're not feeling well
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What are the two ways in which GPs provide care for people in the community?
Caring for people who are unwell, including carrying out simple surgical procedures and providing preventative care and health education for service users
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What is a general practitioner (GP)?
A doctor who does not specialise in a specific branch or medicine but provides ongoing treatment and preventative care in the community for a variety of medical problems that may be experienced by individuals of all ages
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What is preventative care?
Care and education that aims to ensure that people remain healthy, and are aware of factors that can lead to illness and poor health. It includes screening and vaccination programmes
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What are the principle responsibilities of doctors treating illnesses?
Diagnose an individual's illness/ailment, discuss&agree on a treatment plan, prescribe appropriate medication or treatment, monitor the impact of the agreed treatment
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What are the preventative care and health education services?
Vaccination programmes for people of all ages and health education and advice on issues such as smoking, alcohol consumption and healthy eating
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What preventative care services are provided by a GP surgery?
Contraception, vaccinations such as; MMR, flu, travel, yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, cervical screening, prostate test, ultrasound, pregnancy and blood tests
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What Health Education Services are provided by a GP surgery?
Smoking, alcohol, drugs, diabetes and sexual health
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Hospital based doctors provide specialist medical care...
...within this setting a consultant usually leads a team or firm of more juniors, this includes newly qualified doctors and more experienced doctors known as registrars
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What does a cardiologist treat?
Patients with heart disease
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What does a psychiatrist treat?
Patients with mental health issues
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What does a oncologist treat?
Patients with cancer
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What does a paediatrician treat?
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What does a geriatrician treat?
Older people
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What is a consultant?
A senior doctor, normally based in a hospital, who provides specialist expert healthcare support in their area of expertise
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What is a nurse practitioner?
Provides expert consultancy service to patients&carers. Contribute to the management&development of the care provision. Undertake research&contribute to the training&education of other members of staff
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What is an adult nurse?
Work with adults of all ages, who may have a wide range of physical health conditions. work in hospitals, clinics or GPs, or special organisations- armed forces. work with people in their homes. plan individuals care, carry out work to promote good
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What is an adult nurse 2?
health by running clinics and health education programmes such as giving up smoking and weight loss
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What is a mental health nurse?
Specialise in mental health, work in a range of settings such as; psychiatric units in hospitals, community health care centres, residential homes and prisons
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What is a peadiatric nurse?
Work with children with a wide range of conditions. work closely with the children's parents or carers, to ensure that the care they provide meets their social, cultural&family needs, as well as addressing their health needs. work in hospitals
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What is a peadiatric nurse 2?
but can support at home
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What is a learning disability nurse?
Work with individuals with LDs living in the community rather than in hospitals. support people in schools, workplaces, people living at home with their families&people in residential settings. work with their carers too, in order to maintain their
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What is a learning disability nurse 2?
physical and mental health, provide specialist healthcare and support them to live as full and independently a life as possible
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what is a district nurse?
Care for people of all ages, supporting them in their own homes or residential homes. work closely with family and other members. assess patients needs&the care&support needs of their 'informal' carers. most commonly care for older people,
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What is a district nurse 2?
people with disabilities and people recently discharged from hospital
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What is a neonatal nurse?
Work with newborns and premature babies. work in specialist hospital settings&in the community. work closely with the parents and actively encourage them to take a practical role in their child's care
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What is a health visitor?
provide support for families in early years(birth-5). support includes; health issues, minor illnesses&advice on feeding. carry out routine checks on child's development&support parents in being able to meet the child's milestones, they see
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What is a health visitor 2?
children and parents at home, clinics, GP practices and nurseries
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What is a practice nurse?
work in GP practices, often work alone but sometimes as part of a larger team. responsibilities include; taking blood samples, carrying out children's immunisation programmes&giving vaccinations for people travelling abroad.provide health screening
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What is a practice nurse?
for men and women and family planning advice if they are qualified to do so
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What is a school nurse?
usually employed by the NHS but can be employed by a school. services include; developmental checks, immunisation programmes and health education programmes
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What is health screening?
The process of checking for the presence of a disease in individuals who have no signs or symptoms e.g. cervical cancer and testicular cancer
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What is a midwife?
Support women through all stages of pregnancy. provide both antenatal and postnatal care. help families prepare for parenthood, deliver babies in the maternity ward at hospitals and at patients homes
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What is antenatal care?
Care provided for mother and baby before birth
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What is postnatal care?
Care provided for mother and baby after birth
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What is a healthcare assistant?
Known as nursing assistants or auxiliary nurses. work under the guidance+support of qualified healthcare professionals. work in GP practices, hospitals, nursing homes+other community healthcare settings. work alongside qualified nurses but they may
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What is a healthcare assistant 2?
also work with midwives in maternity services
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What are the duties carried out by a healthcare assistant?
taking+recording a patient's temperature+pulse, weighing patients+recording the results, taking patient's to the toilet, making beds, washing+dressing patients, serving meals+assisting with feeding when necessary
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What is a social worker?
Provide help+support for people of all ages through difficult times in their lives, aim to ensure that the most vulnerable people are safeguarded from harm+ to help people live independent lives. they support children, people with disabilities,
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What is a social worker 2?
people with mental health problems+the frail/elderly.
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What do social workers specialise in?
providing services for adults or providing services for children and young people
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What are adult services?
include services for older people, adults with disabilities, people with mental health problems+people who have learning difficulties. Support people living independently+those in residential care.Work closely with the patients' families and carers
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What are the children and young people services?
provide support for children+their families. play a key role in ensuring that children are safe+protected from abuse. if children are at risk from harm, social workers take measures to ensure that the children are removed to a safe place. this may in
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What are the children and young people services 2?
extreme circumstances, include removing them from their home+family. they also work in residential children's settings+manage fostering+adoption procedures. provide support for young people leaving care+young people at risk of being in trouble with
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What are the children and young people services 3?
the law
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Who do occupational therapists work with?
People of all ages who are having difficulty carrying out the practical routines of daily life
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What might these problems be the result of?
Disability, a physical or psychological illness, an accident or the frailty or older age
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What will the occupational therapist do?
Agree specific activities with an individual that will help them to overcome their barriers to living an independent life
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Where may occupational therapists work?
In people's homes, GP practices, residential and nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, social services and other council departments
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Who do youth workers generally work with?
Young people between the ages of 11 and 25
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What is the aim of a youth worker?
To support young people to reach their full potential and to become responsible members of society
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What settings do youth workers work in?
Youth centres, schools and colleges
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Who are youth workers employed by?
The local council but youth workers are also employed by a range of religious and other voluntary organisations
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What sort of activities do youth workers do?
Delivering programmes relating to young people's concerns e.g. drugs, drinking, relationships+violence, running sports teams, initiating+managing community projects with young people, working with parents to support healthy development of children
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What is a care assistant?
They provide practical help&support for people who have difficulties with daily activities. Includes; supporting older people&their families, children&young people, with mental health problems, people with physical or learning disabilities. Work in a
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What is a care assistant 2?
wide range of settings, such as clients' homes, day care settings, in residential&nursing homes& in supported or sheltered housing complexes.
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What are a care assistants duties?
Helping with personal daily care, e.g. washing, dressing, using the toilet&feeding, household tasks; cleaning, doing the washing&shopping, paying bills&writing letters, liaising with other health&care professionals
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Why will care assistants sometimes only work with one person?
To provide intensive support to enable them to manage everyday life
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What is supported housing?
shelter, support&care provided for vulnerable people, to help them live as independently as possible in the community
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Who do care managers manage the provision if residential care for?
Adults+young adults with learning disabilities, older people in residential care or nursing home, people in supported housing and people receiving hospice care
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What is a care manager?
They are responsible for the routine running of the residential setting, including; appointing suitable staff, managing staff+teams, managing the budget, ensuring that the quality of care meets the standards required by the sector. they manage
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What is a care manager 2?
and supervise the duties of the care assistants working in their setting
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What is a support worker?
Closely linked to a nursing assistants role. they may work under the supervision of a range of health care professionals, including; physiotherapists, OTs+social workers. once the SW has identified what is needed, they work closely with the family to
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What is a support worker 2?
help implement the plan. they may provide support with parenting skills, financial management or domestic skills
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