About the Healthcare Industry

The largest employer in the healthcare sector by far is the NHS, employing over 1.6 million people in the UK.

The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours and with the UK population expected to increase to 71.04 million by 2020 this is likely to rise.

There are over 300 different job roles in the NHS from consultant doctors, nurses, midwives, radiographers, healthcare scientists through to non-clinical roles such as IT specialists, electricians, finance managers and engineers.

Norfolk is home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the UK. The hospital is a teaching centre for nurses (adult and children's), midwives, doctors, therapists and operating department practitioners. It hosts the Norwich GP speciality training scheme.

For further information on how to get a job in the NHS, take a look at the NHS careers website or try the ‘Step into the NHS’ careers tool which will introduce you to over 60 careers requiring a variety of academic abilities.

The NHS is not the only employer in healthcare, a quarter of the healthcare workforce is employed in the private sector working for organisations such as Bupa, Care UK, BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare.

Careers in healthcare can be challenging but they can also be very rewarding. If you have empathy for others and a strong desire to help other people with their physical health, this industry could be the one for you.

Did You Know?
Ongoing improvements in medicines and care mean that life expectancy in the UK is increasing - currently 79 years for men and 83 years for women which almost 30 years higher than a century ago.

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Health Care Assistant
Closing Date:
1st June 2020
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Great Yarmouth
The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 230,000 people in the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney areas. The Trust provides an integrated hospital and community children’s service.
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Adult Social Care Programme ONLINE
Event Date:
1st June 2020
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ONLINE
NHS England online Adult Social Care programme, in partnership with West Suffolk College. This programme is available to anyone aged 18-30 (17 year olds will be considered on a case by case basis) and living in Suffolk.
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Health Careers Quiz
A short fun quiz that could be useful in helping you with your future career options!
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Voluntary Norfolk - Volunteering Information (Coronavirus pandemic)
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31st December 2020
Location:
Norfolk - Wide
Voluntary Norfolk is collecting information from organisations and groups across Norfolk that are looking for volunteers to help with the response to the Covid-19 virus. There is a particular need for volunteers with the skills and knowledge that would enable...
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Current Apprenticeships with Poultec
Poultec delivers Apprenticeships in over 20 subject areas, spanning a number industries and employers throughout the UK.
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