If you are going to work in this career area you must have a strong interest in people – in caring for them and keeping them healthy. This area includes a wide range of jobs, with 350 different roles.
The largest UK employer in healthcare is the NHS, with more than 1.73 million employees, making it one of the top 5 largest workforces in the world.
Public Health Scotland was formed on 1 April 2020. This NHS Board is formed of staff from NHS Health Scotland and some of the staff previously working in NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).
Health and medicine covers a huge range of occupations: Alternative medicine, ambulance services, dentistry, dietetics, medical technology, medicine and surgery, nursing and auxiliary work, occupational therapy, ophthalmics and orthoptics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography and speech and arts therapy.
Most jobs in this sector are with either the public sector, mainly the National Health Service (NHS) or private healthcare companies and clinics. You can work within:
NHS Scotland employs 167,025,people the highest reported to date and a 1.8% annual increase, in over 70 different occupations. It employs around 80% of the health sector workforce in Scotland, with the remaining 20% employed in the private healthcare sector and in the voluntary sector.
There are shortages in highly qualified professional staff including medical practitioners, medical radiographers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses and paramedics.
An ongoing future challenge facing NHS Scotland is the ageing workforce, with the median age at 46. The proportion of staff aged 55 and over has increased from 15.46% to 22.9% over the last ten years.
From September 2020 all undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery, nursing and a number of other allied health profession students can access a £5,000 maintenance grant that doesn’t need to be paid back.
Here are a few workforce facts about the healthcare sector:
Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector, their website provides lots of careers information for entry level careers.