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Working in the Health and Social Care Sector in Cheshire and Warrington

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in the health sector or have never thought about it before, the huge range of careers in the sector will amaze you! 

There are medical and non-medical careers available. You could work on the front line on a ward or never see a patient and still make a difference to people’s lives.  From the person who manages the finances, to the medical staff on the wards, or the maintenance workers keeping the buildings safe and operational, and to the chef making superb meals for all, every single person contributes to these vital services.

The Health and Care sector is one of the largest employers of staff in the UK. 

This page has been designed to walk you through the various steps when considering studying for a career within the Health & Care Sector and the routes available to you.  You will be able to establish what role most suits your skills, experience, and ethics, navigate around the roles available and understand the application process and how to make a good impression.

Facts & Figures

1.3 million people work directly for the NHS in the UK
1.5 million work in Adult Social Care in the UK
251 NHS Trusts in the UK
10 Ambulance Trusts in the UK
7,454 GP Practices in the UK
55,554 jobs in Health and Social Care in Cheshire and Warrington
£23,906 average salary Health and Social Care in Cheshire and Warrington

Health and Social Care Jobs (Non NHS)

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NHS Jobs are not included in the job search sections of this portal as they are only advertised on the NHS Jobs website. Please click on the image below the link below for NHS Jobs.

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The information below includes separate advice on roles in the NHS and roles in Social Care. Scroll down the page for information on Social Care opportunities.
NHS Information

The NHS and its Values

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in health or have never thought about it before, the huge range of careers in the NHS will amaze you! There are clinical and non-clinical careers available. You could work on the front line on a ward or never see a patient and still make a difference to people’s lives. From the person who manages the finances to the clerk who books in an operation, everyone working in the NHS contributes to vital services.  

The NHS Values

So what are the values? There are six values that all staff – everyone from porters, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics and gardeners to secretaries, consultants, healthcare scientists and phlebotomists – are expected to demonstrate:

working together for patients Patients come first in everything we do
respect and dignity We value every person – whether patient, their families or carers, or staff – as an individual, respect their aspirations and commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits
commitment to quality of care We earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety, effectiveness and patient experience right every time
compassion We ensure that compassion is central to the care we provide and respond with humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need
improving lives We strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS
everyone counts We maximise our resources for the benefit of the whole community, and make sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.

 

Take the test below to see if you have the values needed to work within the NHS ….

Values for healthcare test

Useful links

Values of the NHS Constitution

350 Job Roles in the NHS

The Healthcare sector is the largest employer of staff in the UK. Currently employing just short of 2.8 million people. Of this 2.8 million, 1.5 million work directly for the NHS.

There is a need for almost all professions within the NHS, why not take the quiz by clicking on the image below to see which profession you are more suited to.

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The 350 careers within the NHS are split into 15 different categories, take a look below and explore the roles in each section …

Routes to apply for a role in the NHS

If you believe you have the right values and work ethic to start studying for a career within the NHS, then a number of options are available to you, the following may help to steer you in the right direction:

 

For more information about carers in the NHS visit the NHS Health Careers website

The NHS Application Process

The application and interview process for a role within the NHS may be different from what you’ve experienced in the past. Its really important to highlight all of your skills, even if not work experience, but any sporting, childcare or youth group involvement - its all great experience that needs to be included in your application and personal statement.

Application Forms

Make sure you:

  • follow the instructions carefully
  • provide all the information the questions ask for
  • give specific examples of things you have done, particularly if you are asked to show how you meet the selection criteria; your application is likely to be scored
  • according to how closely you meet the selection criteria. 
  • take the opportunity to show your understanding of the NHS values or the values of the organisation you are applying to and how you would apply them in your everyday work
  • work within any white space available for each section and don't miss any sections out
  • make a practice copy first that you're happy with before you complete the actual application form, either on line or hard copy

Finally, most forms give you the opportunity to say something about yourself and why you're applying so use this wisely. The thinking you've done in terms of your career planning so far can help you complete this section.

Interviews

An interview is your chance to give a good account of yourself!

Preparation is key and you will increase your chances if you:

  • check out in advance where the interview will be held, work out how to get there and arrive with plenty of time to spare.
  • Remember that hospitals and universities can be large and busy places: you need to know exactly where you need to be for your interview
    remember the interview panel is on your side. You have been invited to the interview because they liked your application form and want to know more about you
  • listen carefully to the questions they ask, and answer them as clearly as you can
  • be prepared to demonstrate your understanding of the NHS values or values of the employing organisation and how you would apply them in your everyday work
    don't rush. Think about your answers. If there's something in the question you don't understand, ask for clarification
  • think in advance about any questions you might have for the panel and take the opportunity to ask them at the end
Social Care Information

Social Care

With lots of different roles and plenty of opportunities to progress, social care is a great choice for people who are thinking about their career.

To meet growing demand for care and support:

520,000 more workers are needed by 2035

Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. This includes providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.


Social care workers could be supporting someone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions. They could be working in a care home, in the local community or from someone’s home.


There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work.

Why choose social care?

long-term employment prospects with opportunity for promotion and progression as well as job security
Adult Social Care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing
1.49 million people are estimated to work in health and social care
Use the following link to access more specific UK and regional statistics from Skills for Care - click here

Roles in Social Care

  • direct care roles such as a care worker, personal assistant or activities worker
  • other social care roles such as advocacy worker or housing support officer
  • management roles
  • regulated professional roles such as a social worker, registered nurse, counsellor or occupational therapist
  • support and ancillary roles such as chef, driver or administration.

Adult Social Care Values

For many jobs within the care sector qualifications aren’t necessary.

Your values and attitudes are far more important.

Important values and attributes are:

  • caring
  • dignity and respect
  • learning and reflection
  • commitment to quality care and support

Useful links

Skills for Care - starting your career

Nursing, health and social care apprenticeships

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