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Health and Social Care

Improving the quality of life for clients by working closely with the medical profession to provide caring and rehabilitation and promoting physical and psychosocial wellbeing.

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Why is this skill important?

A health and social care practitioner may work directly for a client or be employed by an organization within the health and social care sector. Health and social care is closely associated with the medical profession.

The practitioner works in diverse environments, including the homes of clients, hospitals, community day care and residential and nursing homes. They manage health, physical and psychosocial well-being, support of growth and development, and caring and rehabilitation for the client. The specialized support provided is based on assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating a care programme.

Work organization and self-management, communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, flexibility and creativity, empathy, and the ability to understand and work with clients to improve the quality of their life are the universal attributes of the outstanding practitioner.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Helping people
  • Complex problems

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Each Competitor will assess a given situation to identify the needs of the patient.

  • Under timed conditions, competitors will plan and deliver evidence-based care.

  • Empathy, communication and interpersonal skills are vital for this Skill.

  • Judges expect Competitors who accurately assess the needs of clients.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 726 Sofia Sundqvist Finland
Gold 725 Irina Tuor Switzerland
Bronze 716 Fazira Zulkifli Singapore
Medallion for Excellence 713 PANG-CHIEN YUAN Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 709 Theresa Pipperger South Tyrol, Italy
Medallion for Excellence 706 Julia Ribeiro Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 704 Laura Vosskötter Germany
696 Kefah Almentheri United Arab Emirates
693 Jose Alexander Duran Palomino Colombia
665 Aleksandra Krainova Russia
662 Sebastian Sundberg Sweden
624 Maryam A.Hameed Kingdom of Bahrain
623 Zsolt Simon Hungary
615 Romy Lecluse Netherlands

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.