the roles of people who work in health and social; care settings, to include:
Doctors: when people are unwell, the
first person they call with the medical profession will mainly be the general practitioner (GP). GPs
offer ongoing care for individuals in the environment. This includes:
for people who are sick, including delivery simple surgical procedures.
preventative care and health
education for service users.
are mostly based in local health centre, working with other doctors and various
types of health and care professionals, for example, nurses, health visitors
and counsellors. GPs can refer people to hospital specialists (consultants) or
a different professional for further testing and treatment such as x-rays,
blood tests or to social workers for social care support.
main responsibilities of doctors in treating illnesses are to:
an individual’s illnesses and ailments.
and agree an individual treatment plan.
appropriate medication or treatment.
the impact of the agreed treatment.
preventative care and health education services offer include:
programmes for people of all ages.
education and advice on issues, for example, smoking, alcohol consumption and
doctors offer specialist medical care. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, consultant is the name of a
senior, hospital based doctor who specialises in a particular field of medicine
and control difficult cases. To have this care, the consultant usually leads a
team of junior doctors/ this includes newly qualified and more experienced
doctors (registrars). Consultants are mainly
known by the name of their specialist field, for example:
specialise in treating heart disease.
specialise in treating mental health problems.
specialise in treating cancer.
specialise in treating children.
specialise in treating older people.