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5 careers you can do with a Health & Care qualification

January 14, 2021
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Has the Covid-19 pandemic inspired you to become a hero and work for the NHS? If the answer is yes, then a Health & Care course at Middlesbrough College could be the perfect stepping stone to your dream career. 

Our Health & Care programmes are designed for employment so you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in healthcare!

If you know you want to work for the NHS but you aren’t sure which role you want to pursue then we can help you. We’ve put this blog together to explore 5 different careers you can do for the NHS!

Nursing is a rewarding career and is your chance to make a difference to people’s lives. As part of your training, you can expect to learn new skills and procedures that will help patients. There are 4 strands of nursing, these include adult nursing, children’s nursing, learning disability nursing and mental health nursing. In these roles, you’ll learn how to observe patients and assess their needs. You’ll also learn how to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them and evaluate the results. This role would suit someone who is naturally caring and compassionate. You’ll also need to have good communication skills and be a good listener. 

A Midwife provides care and support to women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth. In this role you’ll be the lead contact for a woman who is expecting a baby and you’ll help her to make informed choices about the options and services available throughout her pregnancy.  You’ll also have to lead antenatal classes, monitor and support women through the birthing process and teach new mothers how to care for their babies. This role would suit someone who has excellent people skills and can deal well with emotionally charged situations. You will also need to have good teamwork skills.

Occupational Therapist
An Occupational Therapist helps people who have difficulties carrying out day-to-day activities because of a disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long-term conditions. In this role you’ll help people change their environment to make things easier for them to live. You’ll also have to find solutions to everyday problems and advise people on how to approach tasks, this might involve using technology or equipment. This role would suit someone who is a natural ‘people person’ with good problem- solving skills. You will also need to be patient and be able to think quickly on your feet.

A Paramedic is usually the first healthcare professional to arrive at the scene of an emergency. In this role you’ll respond to emergency calls, drive the ambulance and other emergency vehicles and provide emergency treatment and care. This role would suit someone who can stay calm under pressure, has excellent communication and empathy skills and has good driving and navigational skills.

A Radiographer works with advanced technology to produce X-rays, scans, MRI scans and other medical images to look inside patients’ bodies to understand illnesses and consult with colleagues on diagnosis and treatment plans. This role would suit someone who is interested in new technologies and is a good logical thinker. You’ll need to be able to interpret data and have good communication skills.

If one of these careers is of interest to you then it is important that you do your research further into the entry requirements as some roles in the NHS will require a University level degree qualification. There has never been a better time to consider studying for a career in Healthcare as the government has recently announced that all students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in nursing, midwifery and many other allied health professions students’ will qualify for an annual grant of at least £5,000! This grant is non-means tested and is non-repayable!

If you’re leaving school this year then the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Care will provide you everything you need to progress to the next step. This course will develop your academic skills to ensure that you are fully prepared for University. You will also develop practical skills as you will attend a work placement throughout your time on the course.

Or, if you’re a mature student then our flexible Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health & Care would be the perfect stepping stone to degree level study at a University. This course is offered as a part time day or evening study programme and can be studied as a distance learning option meaning that your course will be delivered 100% online.

We are taking applications for September 2021- apply today to kick-start your career in Healthcare.