Health & Social Care | Leeds Pathways



Learn about careers in caring and treating people of all ages with medical conditions and disabilities in hospitals, health centres and out in the community.



Care Services
Roles include Healthcare Assistant, Clinical Support Worker, Dental Nurse, Hospital Porter, Education Welfare Officer and Patient Transport Controller
Average Salary: £12,000 - £17,000 per annum

Child Care/ Social Services
Roles include Child-minder, Nursery worker, Play worker, Play Therapist, Social Worker and Social Work Assistant
Average Salary: £10,000 - £22,000 per annum

Medical Technology
Roles include Microbiologist, Biomedical Scientist and Optometrist
Average Salary: £21,000 - £40,000 per annum

Medical Research / Science
Roles include Research Scientist, Chemist, Clinical Scientist/Engineer, Pharmacologist, Medical Physicist
Average Salary: £23,000 - £53,000 per annum

Click to expandEssential Skills

- Good at working with a range of different people

- Committed to caring for people

- Willing to work shifts and unsociable hours

- Attentive and well -organised

- Not squeamish

- Observant

- Patient, with a good sense of humour

Click to expandLabour market information

- There are 1,380 Health and Social Care businesses in Leeds.

- Leeds employs over 24,000 people in the sector and has the largest hospital trust in Europe.

- By 2025 there will be 15% more jobs in the sector.

- Upcoming developments such as Thorpe Park East Leeds Extension, Surgical Innovations Unit and East Scholes Area, Healthcare Units and Extra care residential housing will create jobs in the sector.

- Future focus on skills for social and residential care to continually improve healthcare for the ageing population, and the manufacturing of medical equipment.

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“I've always wanted to work in the care sector, but left school with limited qualifications. When I found myself unemployed and was told about this opportunity, I decided to go for it.

I went through a Sector-Based Work Academy which gave me the opportunity to gain some work experience, which was invaluable for my interview. When offered a place on the Apprenticeship scheme, I was thrilled, and feel that my role can become a career for me.”

- Clinical Support Worker, LGI

"The main thing I look for in an applicant is a genuine belief in equality and individuality for the people that we serve. You can often find out a lot about people's values and beliefs at interview."

- Adult Social Care officer, Leeds City Council