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Health and Social Care

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67,000 employed in Health & Social Care

Are you looking for a career that will make a real difference to the lives of others? Somewhere in your community, there’s a job that you can do to help others.

The Health and Social Care sector is one with lots of exciting and varied opportunities. It involves a wide range of careers from treating people who are ill, helping people to improve their physical or mental health, through to providing support for vulnerable people typically in the community so they have an improved way of life.

Careers include well known ones like doctor or nurse, but what about community support and outreach workers, social worker or activities coordinator? A career in this sector often gives the chance for people to specialise, step up the career ladder and work in different settings. One to explore and consider!

A wide range of skills and experiences are valuable to healthcare and organisations like the NHS and you are bound to have some skills that you could use in a career in health and social care.

Caring for people you may already be in a job where you are caring for people, whether it be the elderly or those with a disability or additional needs. Perhaps you have raised a family or you are a carer, with experience of looking after a family member or relative
People skills you may have previous experience of working with people, in a caring, advisory or management role, or as part of a team
Knowledge of science and technology providing direct care for patients requires a general understanding of some areas of science
Organising and managing you may already work in an office or in a role that uses administrative skills. You may be supervising, leading a team or have management experience. management skills from areas such as finance, communications, IT or project management are all going to be useful in healthcare management
Information technology you may already work with computers, enjoy analysing data or find satisfaction in keeping accurate records. These are skills widely valued in all areas of healthcare

Get more help identifying transferable skills from the NHS career planning here:

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