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Health and Social Care

Staffordshire and Health and Social Care

This is not only the largest employment sector in Staffordshire it has also seen the largest growth since 2003.

  • Here, this sector has an ageing workforce coupled with an ageing population. It is therefore expected that there will be a considerable demand for new and replacement staff.
     
  • This sector is dominated by the employment of managers and senior officers, professional occupations and technical occupations.
     
  • Adult social care is a growing sector, which offers a range of rewarding careers, with many different job roles, and lots of opportunities for progression.

Health and Social Care is made up of a wide range of careers in services working with children, young people, adults, families and older adults including:

  • Residential care
  • Hospital activities
  • Nursing homes
  • Child care
  • GP services
  • Social work
  • Dental services
  • Education about healthy lifestyles etc

Qualifications and routes

Within this sector there are many varied opportunities at all levels. Some roles require professional qualifications; others need vocational (work-related) qualifications and some need specialist skills.

If your child wants to become a doctor, nurse, dentist, physiotherapist, radiographer, social worker or other specialist health or social care professional they will need excellent  GCSE and  ‘A’ level grades (or equivalents) and to study up to  degree level whilst completing extensive on-the-job training.

Your child may not need formal qualifications before beginning a career in social care as there are plenty of opportunities to acquire more skills, training and qualifications depending on how far they want to take their career.

Routes include:

In addition to the above, whilst your child is still at school there maybe opportunities to take qualifications such as a  GCSE in health and social care or a BTEC in health and social care.

For more information about the qualifications needed in this sector visit:

General skills needed

Employers are looking for people who posses the following skills:

  • Ability to manage change
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Remaining calm under pressure
  • Relating to people from a wide range of backgrounds

Type of jobs in this sector

Some of the health and social care careers listed by the  National Careers Service are below.

Click on the links to find out more about that job including specific qualifications, current salaries and working hours.

Social services

Accommodation warden

Family support worker

Probation officer

Art therapist

Forensic psychologist

Probation services officer

British sign language interpreter

Grants officer

Psychologist

Care assistant

Healthcare Assistant

Psychotherapist

Careers adviser

Horticultural therapist

Registered care home manager

Care home advocate

Housing officer

Religious leader

Childminder

Housing policy officer

Residential Support Worker

Clinical psychologist

Learning mentor

School matron

Community development worker

Life coach

Social work assistant

Community nursery nurse

Money adviser or debt counsellor

Social worker

Community transport driver

Music therapist

Substance misuse outreach worker

Community transport operations manager

Nanny

Victim care officer

Community transport passenger assistant

Nursery manager

Volunteer organiser

Counsellor

Nursery worker

Welfare benefits adviser

Dramatherapist

Occupational therapist

Youth and Community Worker

Drug and alcohol worker

Occupational therapy support worker

Youth offending team officer

Education Welfare Officer

Play therapist

 

Equalities officer

Playworker

 

Family mediator

Primary care graduate mental health worker

 

Medicine and Nursing

Adult nurse

Forensic psychologist

Pharmacologist

Ambulance care assistant

Healthcare Assistant

Pharmacy technician

Ambulance paramedic

Health promotion specialist

Physiotherapist

Anaesthetist

Health service manager

Physiotherapy assistant

Art therapist

Health trainer

Practice nurse

Audiologist

Health visitor

Primary care graduate mental health worker

Care assistant

Hospital doctor

Radiography assistant

Care home advocate

Hospital play specialist

School nurse

Children's nurse

Hospital porter

Sexual health adviser

Chiropodist/Podiarty 

Learning disability nurse

Speech and language therapist

Clinical psychologist

Maternity support worker

Speech and language therapy assistant

Clinical scientist

Mental health nurse

Sports physiotherapist

Community matron

Microbiologist

Sterile services technician

Community nursery nurse

Midwife

 

Dance movement psychotherapist

Music therapist

 

Dental hygienist

Nutritionist

 

Dental nurse

Occupational health nurse

 

Dental therapist

Occupational therapist

 

Dentist

Occupational therapy support worker

 

Dietitian

Operating department practitioner

 

District nurse

Optometrist

 

Doctor - GP

Orthoptist

     

Dramatherapist

Patient advice and liaison service officer

 

Emergency care assistant

Patient transport service controller

 

Emergency medical dispatcher

Pharmacist

 

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