Forget playlists and hours of scrolling on social media – podcasts for care workers are the smart way to wind down, level up and spend your spare time wisely!

Podcasts are a fantastic resource, and there is a world of knowledge out there. Choose from entertainment, comedy, current issues or education, and you’ll tap into a vast amount of information that can improve your health, teach you new things, and provide never-ending conversation starters.

Best of all – pick a few great podcasts to add to your listening schedule, and you’ll never run out of fresh episodes to engage with, and they’re nearly all free of charge! With that in mind, the OUTT.com team wanted to share some of our favourite shows streaming to a device near you, with amazing content that can be of use to care workers throughout the UK.

Ready, set, earphones in!

1. The Care Exchange

First up, The Care Exchange is a podcast series hosted by Skills for Care – and it’s a brilliant way to learn about every aspect of running, or being part of, a social care team.

Although aimed at employers, The Care Exchange is a valuable podcast that talks about staying motivated, harnessing the fresh energy of student care workers, and getting ready for a CQC inspection.

If you’d like to gain better knowledge into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to manage a great care team (or some tips to shine when it’s your turn to take a step up on the career ladder!), it’s well worth a listen.

2. The Health Foundation

Next, we’d recommend The Health Foundation podcast – with insights into both patient and professional perspectives of the UK health and care sector.

Ranging from thoughtful analyses of governmental policies to overarching health concerns that impact most of the population, it’s a broad-strokes overview of the importance of social care and what part we play in national wellbeing.

3. Untangle

Had a rough day or feeling like you’re struggling to recharge those tired batteries? Need to shake off a bad experience or reconnect with your passion for care?

Untangle is your new best friend. This podcast from the meditation app is a wonderful way to schedule some self-care in even the busiest schedules.

Soothing tones, brilliant guests, and a wide array of topics make Untangle an ideal podcast for people who need a little I-need-a-minute time – relationship issues, challenges with food, general mental wellbeing and guided meditations. Gold dust!

4. Research in Practice

Our fourth pick is Research in Practice. This series is a massive content library with episodes about every aspect of the care sector:

  • How childhood experiences impact people for life.
  • Tips for improving your record keeping.
  • Ways to ensure your care is person-centric.
  • How to enhance your conversations with patients and colleagues.
  • The value of an early intervention.

For care workers looking to round out their knowledge or gain information about different parts of the care work puzzle, this is a perfect starting point.

5. The King’s Fund

If you’re into the bigger issues, The King’s Fund is the podcast for you.

With a new episode every month, this dives deep into the complexities of the NHS, health policy, and how those higher-level strategies impact on-the-ground care services. It uses a tactic of taking real-life examples we can relate to and expanding them outwards to provide meaningful insights into the future of public health services.

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6. Think Local Act Personal

We love this podcast because it epitomises the qualities that so many care professionals bring with them to work in spades every single day!

Think Local Act Personal is all about a different attitude to social care – and it’s accessible for everyone, with a jargon buster toolbar if you’re listening on a device and want to decipher any of the terminologies. It’s also a great way to inform your work – for example, episodes on making real change, practical improvements, and enhancing the experience of care that every person receives.

Many expert speakers and a podcast dedicated to transforming social care through the people on the frontline.

7. Off The Gram

Whether you dread Monday mornings with a passion or feel like your crazy shift pattern is depleting your social life beyond recognition, Off The Gram is all but guaranteed to put a sparkle back in your step! This podcast is often hilariously funny, hosted by four fearless women who interview a vast range of people, from fashion designers to celebrity PTs, CEOs, and glass ceiling smashers

With a primary focus on wellbeing and self-care, Off The Gram is a life improvement exercise in entertainment and will make you feel in control, capable, and inspired.

8. Hempsons Health & Social Care Law Podcast

Now for something a little more serious – and important.

Hempsons podcast is heavy going, so it’s not motivational commute material, but it is an incredible tool if you’d like to educate yourself about social care law. Produced by the renowned British law firm, Hempsons are all about health and social care, working with:

  • Social care charities.
  • NHS trusts and foundations.
  • Non-profit organisations.
  • Private healthcare providers.

They know their stuff, and if you can spend 40 minutes or so a week having a listen in, you’ll have a solid grasp of the changes and initiatives coming your way.

9. Multiple Sclerosis Trust

We acknowledge that MS is one of the millions of conditions that social care professionals might encounter. Still, if you’re looking to specialise in caring for patients with any specific health challenge, learning as much as you can about it will be time very well spent.

The MS Trust podcast is one such resource, packed with information from people living with the condition and professionals finding new ways to manage it.

In the same way, you could opt for the What Works for Children’s Social Care as a great knowledge base, exploring evidence-based topics to help care professionals improve their awareness about working with younger age groups.

10. Let’s Talk About Care

Finally, we’d suggest giving Let’s Talk About Care a listen. There have been 19 episodes to date, with the most recent published in April 2021, and it’s a fascinating, often humorous, show about care. From personal stories to reflections on care standards, interviews with policymakers to professional staff, it’s helpful to gain a broader perspective on social care.

We hope you enjoy our rundown of the best podcasts for care workers – and some of these options add value to your busy working week! Found some incredible podcasts you think all social care workers should know about? Please share them with us! You can find our contact details and tonnes of information about how we’re improving the social care workplace one day at a time at OUTT.com.