Health & Social Care

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



Essential SkillsEssential Skills<div class="ExternalClass6FE4397C2FD449CB8CCA36401B3CDCC6"><p>- Good at working with a range of different people</p> <p>- Committed to caring for people</p> <p>- Willing to work shifts and unsociable hours</p> <p>- Attentive and well -organised</p> <p>- Not squeamish</p> <p>- Observant</p> <p>- Patient, with a good sense of humour</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
Top employersTop employers<div class="ExternalClass8DC9D90D1B4B45C48F5160516F8D7C4E"><p><strong><a href="">NHS Leeds Teaching Hospitals</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Nuffield Health</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">BUPA</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">St Anne’s Community Services</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Brandon Medical</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">De Puys Synthes</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">EMIS Medipex</a></strong></p> ​​ ​​</div>
Labour market informationLabour market information<div class="ExternalClassD694AAFAD3EF4676B904E6959E01F861"><p>- There are <strong>1,380</strong> Health and Social Care businesses in Leeds.</p> <p>- Leeds employs <strong>over 24,000 people</strong> in the sector and has the largest hospital trust in Europe.</p> <p>- By 2025 there will be <strong>15% more jobs</strong> in the sector.</p> <p>- Upcoming developments such as <strong>Thorpe Park East Leeds Extension, Surgical Innovations Unit and East Scholes Area, Healthcare Units</strong> and <strong>Extra care residential housing</strong> will create jobs in the sector.</p> <p>- Future focus on skills for <strong>social and residential care</strong> to continually improve healthcare for the ageing population, and the <strong>manufacturing of medical equipment</strong>.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>



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