Health & Social Care
The National Health Service is the biggest employer of graduates in Yorkshire. Recruitment into the NHS is handled through the regions NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts. Most graduates employed in the NHS have a degree in a relevant vocational subject such as Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Radiology, Midwifery and Physical and Occupational Therapies. There are also opportunities for graduates who have studied non specific degrees in administrative roles and other non-clinical posts.
In recent years there has been a significant growth in private health care provision and there are now ten major private hospitals in Yorkshire as well as a large number of smaller practices as well as nursing and care homes that often offer positions at a graduate level.
New legislation on food hygiene, occupational health and safety and pollution control has lead to increased demand from private companies for graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide advice on these matters. Growth in legislation as well as growing social concerns (such as childhood obesity) have also placed new demands on local authorities and other public bodies to employ people in advisory positions or form task groups to target these issues. Other possible employers include charitable organisations or funded projects who promote healthy living or awareness of health related issues.
Jobs in this sector are popular with graduates as roles are often rewarding but many clinical roles can require a thick skin, at lot of empathy and the ability to handle difficult situations. Roles are mostly public facing so it's essential that you are a confident communicator with excellent interpersonal skills. You will need to be a good team player and be confident to work with people from all walks of life on a daily basis.
The sector offers a variety of roles for graduates and competition for jobs is entirely dependent on the job roles applied for. Employment in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapies for instance is notoriously competitive and having some solid work experience within the sector on your CV is essential to show future employers how serious you are about gaining a job in the industry.
For graduates looking to enter clinical posts full details of the range of jobs available, together with the telephone numbers of personnel departments in individual trusts, can be found on the NHS Careers website.
If an administrative, advisory or other non clinical role is more for you, have a look around the jobs in this sector to find out about what's on offer.
Job vacancies in Health & Social Care
Comprehensive guide to health-related careers. Also includes lists of personnel offices in NHS organisations.