If you're interested in the human body, how it works and heals, and want to work to help people live better lives: a pathway to a health career could be for you. From nurses and paramedics to dentists and doctors, there's a massive range of careers in the sector for anyone who cares about people.
Midwives deliver, or assist in the delivery of babies, provide antenatal and postnatal care and advise parents on baby care. They work with other healthcare professionals, and advise on and teach midwifery practice.
Nurses provide general or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.
Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm (service users) with care and support needs. This may happen in a residential or day care establishments or in their own homes.
Physiotherapists plan and apply massage, promote and encourage movement and exercise, use hydrotherapy, electro-therapy and other technological equipment in the treatment of a wide range of injuries, diseases and disabilities in order to assist rehabilitation by developing and restoring body systems.
Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.
Housing officers assess and address housing needs of particular localities and individuals and oversee the day-to-day management of rented properties belonging to local authorities or housing associations.
Job in this area perform a variety of other health-related professional occupations. They may work autonomously or in teams with other health workers.
Managers and directors in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and activities of health care providers and purchasers at both district and unit levels.
Healthcare practice managers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources of medical, dental and other types of healthcare practice, including veterinary practices.
Medical technicians operate, calibrate and maintain cardiographic and encephalographic testing equipment, assist in the conduct of post mortems, fit artificial limbs and hearing aids, and undertake a wide range of related medical tasks.
Occupational therapists work with people who have a physical or learning disability or mental illness, actively engaging them in purposeful activities in order to maximise self-confidence, independent functioning and well-being.
Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.