This map shows the geographical footprint of the Bay Health & Care Partners.  Within this area, we have a huge number of Health and Care services, including NHS hospitals, Mental Health clinics, community services, GP surgeries and both private and public care homes.  Many people assume that working in Health and Care means being either a Nurse or a Doctor, but we are so much more than that!  Whatever your background, passion or skill-set, there is a career for you in Health and Care.

Roles and Careers in Social Care:

Care for others. Make a difference.

Working in social care means supporting people with their non-clinical needs, although there is an important crossover between working in health and working in social care.1.48 million people currently work in the social care sector. Because of the increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and the sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.

Working in adult social care, you will make a real difference to people’s lives every day.  There are different places where you could work, including at someone’s home, a residential care home, or inviting someone to live with you through a Shared Lives scheme.

You don’t necessarily need any qualifications for many roles in Social Care.  What is really important is that you’re a kind, compassionate and thoughtful person.  Employers might ask for qualifications showing good English and numeracy skills such as GCSE in English and Maths (grades A – C).  It might also be helpful to have a qualification such as a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.  Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications though – if you’re interested, you can work towards them once you’ve started in the role.

While every role requires some core life skills such as teamwork and problem solving, it is your values, behaviour and attitude that will set you apart.  If you are the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then Social Care could be the career for you.  You will need to be able to work independently and also as part of a team.  Additional skills required to work in Adult Social Care include:

  • organisational skills
  • good listening and communication skills
  • the ability to understand and follow policies and procedures
  • good writing skills to complete Care Plans

Find out more information and explore roles in Social Care here:

Roles and Careers in the NHS:

350 Careers. One NHS. Your Future.

Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for you in the NHS.  You could work directly with patients in hospitals, an ambulance trust, a GP surgery, or in the community.  We also have a huge range of non-clinical roles that are essential to the running and progress of our health system.

There are lots of different ways to get into an NHS role.  If you are a school leaver, there are opportunities in Administration, Domestic Services, Hospitality Services, Portering, Clinical Support and many others.  Some of these require few or no GCSEs, while others will need high-grade GCSEs or A-levels.  We also have Apprenticeships in many career areas; more information about this can be found on our Apprenticeships page.  Many NHS careers – both clinical and non-clinical – require a higher education qualification such as a specific degree or diploma course.

Roles within the NHS are split into the following 14 categories.  Click on any of the titles below to find out more information:

Allied Health Professions: As key members of today’s healthcare team, Allied Health Professionals work closely wit patients, often on a one-to-one basis, helping with the rehabilitation and providing treatment that helps transform people’s lives.

Ambulance Service Team: You could be part of an emergency response crew, handle 999 calls in a control room, or provide vital non-emergency transport for patients.

Dental Team: If you’re interested in diagnosing and treating a range of problems affecting the mouth, teeth and gums, and you like the idea of working with people and doing a job that offers respect, flexibility and security, then a career in a Dental Team could be right for you.

Doctors:  If you have a passion to improve people’s lives and the determination to reach the highest standards, then becoming a Doctor could provide you with a rewarding and respected career.  Doctors work in all areas of healthcare, providing you with endless career possibilities.

Health Informatics:  This is one of the fastest growing areas in health.  It involves the intelligent use of information and technology to provide better care for patients.

Healthcare Science: Our Healthcare Science staff play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a huge number of medical conditions.

Management: Managers are a key part of the NHS.  Whether they are managing the talented, hardworking staff, controlling the finances or providing the equipment, buildings and services, managers are crucial to the deliver  of effective healthcare.

Medical Associate Professions: The NHS has seen the emergence of new roles working within multi-professional teams as part of the continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients.

Midwifery: Being a midwife is mich more than delivering babies.  You would be involved in antenatal and postnatal care, counselling and in offering support and education to help families prepare for parenthood.

Nursing: If you want to work in an interesting, reqarding and challenging environment, a career in Nursing will give you penty of scope to exactly that.  Nurses work in every sort of Health setting, with people of all ages and backgrounds, and in a wide range of specialisms; few careers offer as much variety and opportunity.

Pharmacy: Medicines are the most common form of treatment in the NHS and pharmacies are where medicines are stored, preared and dispensed.  Pharmacists, Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants work in hospitals and in the community in health centres, GP surgeries, high street shops and supermarkets.

Psychological Professions: If you have an interest in how people think and behave, and you wan to use the study of psychology to help people with mental health problems, then a career in the Psychological professions could be for you.

Public Health: Working in Public Health is all about helping people to say health and protecting them from threats to their health.  It involves influencing people’s lifestyles or aspects of the environment in which they live with the aim of preventing ill health or improving well-being.

Wider Healthcare Team: Our NHS relies on its people in roles as diverse as Painters, Chefs, Chaplains, Healthcare Assistants, Secretaries and Engineers.  Whether you are are designing, constructing or maintaining NHS buildings, organising catering, supplying linen, cleaning wards, or booking appointments, every role in the Wider Healthcare Team has one thing in common – they are all absolutely essential to the effective running of the NHS.

Useful websites:

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Careers Advice & Support

The Careers & Engagement Team run a range of events and projects that are designed to inspire and support people into Health and Care careers. Find out more about the guidance and opportunities that they can offer you to help you find your dream job in healthcare.

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Work Experience

Work experience in a Health and Care setting offers an excellent opportunity to meet professionals, find out about educational pathways and routes, and gain an insight into the wide range of careers available. We run a number of different work experience programmes, so why not come and find out which career suits you?

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