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Looking for a career change, returning to work, or starting your working life? There are many opportunities for career development in health and social care.

If you want to make a difference, somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others. You don’t need any previous qualifications or experience, as you will be supported in the workplace.

For information on starting your career, visit Skills for Care.

Need support looking for a job?

The National Careers Service offer a range of support services, including advice on how to produce a CV, interview skills, and job search techniques. This free service is available to all adults and 18 year olds who are in receipt of a Job Centre benefit.

To request support, visit the National Careers Service.

An apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get into health and social care. You can get hands on experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years of age and not in full time education can apply for an apprenticeship.

If you are thinking of becoming an apprentice, visit:

Level two jobs involve working directly with individuals and assisting them with their day-to-day needs. Jobs at this level include:
  • Care / Support Worker
    Supporting people with personal care (e.g. washing and dressing) and helping them to stay independent in their own homes (e.g. helping with domestic chores). Good support will include asking the person how they want to be supported and offering as much choice and independence as the person can manage. This could be in various workplace settings in the community. More about this job.
  • Personal Assistant
    Working directly with individuals to support them in every aspect of their daily living and enabling them to live as independently as possible. More about this job.
  • Reablement / Rehabilitation Worker
    Working directly with individuals to support them in every aspect of their daily living and enabling them to live as independently as possible, often following illness. More about this job.
  • Healthcare Assistant
    Working in hospital or community settings, such as GP surgeries, under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. More about this job.
  • Ancillary Roles
    Jobs not specific to care but vital to the running and success of a health and social care organisation. e.g. Domestic/cleaning, catering/chef, driver, maintenance, gardener, handy person. More about these jobs.

Each job gives you the opportunity to train within the workplace. Your employer will identify what training you need and offer support. Qualifications include Awards, Certificates or Diplomas in Health and Social Care, Support Services or Clinical Skills – usually at level 2 or 3.

Your employer will normally access training through local colleges and private training organisations, some larger employers deliver their own training and qualifications.

If you are over 16 years of age, you may be able to apply for an apprenticeship.

Level three jobs are more senior and usually require previous experience and a certain level of training. Jobs at this level include:
  • Senior Care and Support Worker
    The same job as a care worker but with additional duties (e.g. front line staff supervision, monitoring of care workers and care assistants) or with additional responsibilities for a particular area of the work (e.g. infection prevention lead or end of life lead within the service). More about this job.
  • Team Leader / Front Line Manager
    Responsible for the day-to-day provision of social care services. This means supporting staff and ensuring the standard of care delivered is always high. More about this job.
  • Assistant Practitioner
    Supporting role alongside qualified healthcare professionals. More about this job.
  • Health Care Assistant
    Supporting role in hospitals or community settings, such as GP surgeries, under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. More about this job.

Each job gives you the opportunity to train within the workplace. Your employer will identify what training you need and offer support. Qualifications include Awards, Certificates or Diplomas in Health and Social Care or Clinical Skills – usually at level 3 or 4.

Your employer will normally access training through local colleges and private training organisations, some larger employers deliver their own training and qualifications.

If you are over 16 years of age, you may be able to apply for an apprenticeship.

Level four jobs are more senior and usually require previous experience and a certain level of training. Jobs at this level include:

  • Assistant Practitioner (also known as Associate Practitioner)
    Although not a registered practitioner, the job has a level of skill in a particular area of clinical practice gained through experience and training. More about this job.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Helping occupational therapy clients by providing rehabilitative services, under the direction of occupational therapists, to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. More about this job.
  • Mental Health Support Worker
    Supporting people with long term mental health problems, helping them to adapt to ordinary life within the community by developing coping skills rather than being institutionalised in a hospital or hostel.
  • Deputy Manager and Team Leader
    Responsible for the day-to-day provision of social care services. This means supporting staff and ensuring the standard of care delivered is always high. Most services in health and social care will have a management role.

Qualifications expected for some of these jobs include a Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management of Care Services. Both are practice-based qualifications for specific job roles assessed in the workplace. Other roles listed require specialist training and qualifications, your employer will identify what training you need and offer support as appropriate.

Your employer will normally access training through local colleges and private training organisations, some larger employers deliver their own training and qualifications.

Level five jobs require considerable experience in health and social care, as well as management experience. Jobs at this level include:
  • Manager in health and social care settings such as care homes (residential and nursing)
    Responsible for running a service (or services) and supervising senior staff. Includes making decisions about the direction and quality of a service that will impact on improving people’s lives. More about this job.
  • Senior Practitioner and Assistant Practitioner (within the NHS) (also known as Associate Practitioner)
    Although not a registered practitioner, the job has a level of skill in a particular area of clinical practice gained through experience and training. More about this job.
  • Public Health Practitioner
    A job in many places and in many areas of public health. For example, supporting healthy lifestyle programmes, helping individuals and groups to stop smoking and take more exercise. More about this job.

There are many other jobs available at this level. For more jobs, visit Skills for Care and Health Careers.

There are also different qualifications available at this level. They include:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Service. More information.
  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Studies or Healthcare Practice. The modules you study depends on your job role, some are assessed in the workplace. More information.

You may be eligible to apply for a student loan.

Experienced professionals have a wide-range of opportunities in health and social care. Jobs at this level include:

  • Registered Manager
    Under the Care Standards Act 2000, the Registered Manager is responsible for the social care provision that he/she is managing. More about this job.
  • Registered Professionals (Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Nurse (paediatric/mental health/ adult), Operating Department practitioners, Adult Mental Health Practitioner, Psychologist, and Midwife)
    Qualified or registered professionals specialising in a particular area. More about these jobs.

Each job requires a qualification which is determined by the regulatory body that sets the standards for each profession. They include:

  • Level five diploma in Leadership and Management in Care Services
  • BA (Hons) Health and Social Care or other specialist degree programmes e.g. Nursing Degrees, BSc Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, BA (Hons) Social Work, BSc Psychology etc.

UCAS hold details of all degree programmes and the university offering the course details of entry requirements.

For all degrees you can apply for a student loan.

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