Health and Social Care

Key facts

General UK facts

  • There are about 4.2 million people in the UK who work in healthcare.
  • Over 300 different National Health Service careers, and over a million people in the UK work in them, from radiographers and doctors to specialist nurses, caterers and accountants.
  • You should expect to have to work shifts – that means, working outside the usual 9am to 5pm hours – if you choose to work in health and social care. People who need help, need it 24 hours a day!
  • If you want to become a midwife, nurse, dentist, physiotherapist, doctor or other specialist health professional, you will need good GCSEs, and then do ‘A’ Level or equivalents, which include a level 3 apprenticeship or an Access to HE course. You will need to study up to degree level and complete extensive on-the-job training.
  • There is a world-wide demand for people with professional qualifications in health and social care – so you could travel and work in other countries after training.

South of England facts

  • Healthcare is a leading employer in the South of England– 405,000 people, representing 13% of the population, in the SW and 564,000, 11% in the South East which includes Oxford, Thames Valley and Solent.
  • Because of an ageing population, over 60 per cent of key clinical staff in the South West will leave the service by 2018.
  • Oxford identifies Life Sciences as a priority sector.
  • There are many jobs available in the National Health Service, Social Services or with private care homes and other organisations – but you must expect to continue learning new skills and qualifications throughout your career.
  • Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES.

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