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.
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
- 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.