Why choose a career in health or care?

Working in health or care is not only rewarding, but somewhere you can build a life-long career with great benefits. You have the freedom and flexibility to choose what is best for you.

 Thanks to the variety of development options and courses, you can decide to develop into different disciplines or up-skill, or if you would prefer, specialise in one area. Whatever your situation, whether you are looking for your first job or a complete career change, there is a place for you.

Ambulance

Working in the ambulance service

Working in the ambulance service

The ambulance service is an emergency response service. The service has two main functions; responding to an emergency and a patient transport service. They do not just respond to 999 calls! Several roles in this service provide support so that patients in an emergency receive the urgent care they need. This may not always be in a hospital setting and could be providing care at home or in the community.

Hospice

Working in a care home

Working in a care home

Social care is about providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives. For various reasons and at different stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. People who work in social care provide a range of services to support adults and older people. A career in social care can mean helping people in their own homes, in residential homes or in many other places such as day centres or supported housing.

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Working in a dental practice

Working in a dental practice

Working in a dental practice can be quite dynamic. You’re often dealing with a variety of patients, from children to seniors, each with unique needs and concerns. It involves a mix of patient care, administrative tasks, and collaboration with other staff members. It can be rewarding to help people improve their oral health, but it also requires patience, attention to detail, and good communication skills.

Doctors

Working in a doctor’s practice

Working in a doctor’s practice

There are many roles within a doctor’s practice, from Receptionists to GPs, Nurses to HCAs. It’s a busy environment and unlike specialists who focus on specific areas, GPs provide primary care and can establish long-term relationships with their patients. There is the opportunity to follow patients over time, understand their medical history, get to know their families, and provide holistic care.

Working in an optomestrist

Working in an optometrist

Working in an optometrist’s involves conducting eye exams, assisting patients in selecting eyewear, and managing administrative tasks. It’s a mix of patient interaction, technical skills, and retail aspects. You’ll spend time examining patients’ eyes, interpreting test results, and recommending appropriate eyewear or vision correction options. Attention to detail and good communication skills are essential for providing quality care and helping patients feel comfortable throughout their visit.

Care Home

Working in a hospice

Working in a hospice

Hospice care aims to improve the lives of people who have an incurable illness. Hospices provide care for people from the point at which their illness is diagnosed as terminal to the end of their life, however long that may be. That does not mean hospice care needs to be continuous. People sometimes like to take a break from hospice care if their condition has become stable and they are feeling well. Hospice care places a high value on dignity, respect and the wishes of the person who is ill. It aims to look after their medical, emotional, social, practical, psychological, and spiritual needs and the needs of the person’s family and carers. Looking after all these aspects is often referred to as ‘holistic care’. Care also extends to those who are close to the patient, as well as into the bereavement period after the patient has died.

Hospital

Working in a hospital

Working in a hospital

Working in a hospital provides a fast paced and varied environment to learn from. If you’re someone who enjoys variety, then working in a hospital could be a great fit. Working in a hospital setting allows you to help people directly, making a real difference in their lives. Every day brings new challenges and experiences, as you interact with a diverse range of patients. It’s incredibly rewarding to help those in need and see the impact of your efforts. Plus, there’s always something new to learn, ensuring continuous growth and job stability. Teamwork is key, making the environment supportive and collaborative. With competitive benefits and plenty of chances for career advancement, a hospital offers not just a job, but a fulfilling and exciting career.

Mental Health

Working in mental health

Working in mental health

Working in mental health can bring the opportunity to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society and make a real difference to patients, their families and whole communities. Whether it be psychiatry, counselling, nursing or one of many different therapies or support roles on offer, a career in mental health means working in a fast-developing field, where funding is increasing, and progress is rapid. Every role in mental health plays a key part in ensuring patients get the right treatment at the right time, as close to home as possible. Providing mental health care is vital and we need our mental health workforce now more than ever.

Pharmacy

Working in pharmacy

Working in a pharmacy

Working in a pharmacy can be fast-paced and demanding but also rewarding. You’re often on your feet, interacting with patients, filling prescriptions accurately, and providing healthcare advice. Attention to detail is crucial, as is staying updated on medications and regulations. It’s a profession where you can make a real difference in people’s lives by ensuring they receive the right medications and information for their health needs. Pharmacies can typically be found in various locations, commonly in their own shop on the high street, or within a supermarket, doctors’ surgery and in hospital.

Community

Working in the community

Working in the community

Community health services cover a wide range of services and provide care for people from birth to the end of their life. Community health teams play a vital role in supporting people with complex health and care needs to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Services also include health promotion services such as school health services and health visiting services. Many services involve partnership working across health and social care teams, made up of a wide variety of professionals including community nurses, allied health professionals, district nurses, mental health nurses, therapists and social care workers.

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