Get all the essential information about the sector that employs around four million people in the UK
Health consists of both private and public sector organisations including:
Employment opportunities in the social care sector are grouped into:
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in health and social care.
The largest employer in the health sector is the National Health Service (NHS) which employs more than 1.7 million people in the UK.
Unlike the health sector, social care roles are split across a number of different sized businesses. These include:
Graduates entering the health and social care sector can expect:
The biggest issue that the health and social care sector faces is meeting an increased demand for services when budgets are being tightened.
Budget restrictions could mean that less health and social care jobs are created. Although this isn't necessarily bad news, as graduates will be needed to replace those professionals that retire or leave.
There are a high number of applications for medical and dental degree programmes and fewer places available. The UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) helps universities to make informed choices from the pool of highly-qualified applicants.
There are signs that recent graduates are finding it difficult to secure work immediately after graduation in some health and social care jobs. In 2010/11 fewer graduates found work six months after graduation as social workers, physiotherapists, medical radiographers and occupational therapists than graduates from 2009/10 (HECSU, What Do Graduates Do? 2012)
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