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Useful links for Medical and Dental Careers
- British Association of Occupational Therapists
- British Dental Association
- British Dietetic Association
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)
- Medical Research Council
- NHS Wales Workforce, Education and Development Services
- Royal College of Nursing
- Society of Radiographers
- The College of Optometrists
- Wales Deanery
Useful links for Complementary Therapies
- Aromatherapy Council
- Association of Reflexology
- British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB)
- British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
- Federation of Holistic Therapies
- General Chiropractic Council
- General Council and Register of Naturopaths
- General Osteopathic Council
- National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)
Taking the pulse of health careers in Wales
We all need to use health services at some point in our lives. But have you thought about a career in health?
With a population that is aging more demand will be on the health sector to provide services.
Did you know that there are over 350 different roles in the NHS alone? (Step into the NHS, 2017)
The number of people employed by the NHS in Wales is nearly 74,000. (StatsWales, 2015)
Developments in technology and health mean that job roles range from Nurse to Computer Programmer, and from GP to Medical Engineer. Health careers also include jobs in complementary therapies such as Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and Reflexologist.
As health is such a large sector with many different types of jobs, why not take a look and see if there is a job that’s right for you?
The NHS advertised 9,500
job vacancies in the last 12 months. They were the employer that advertised the greatest number of jobs within Wales.
(Labour Insights, 2017)
of the people who work in health careers work in the NHS or voluntary sector.
(NHS Wales Workforce, 2015)
jobs were advertised online for Nurses within the last 12 months. It was the most common job online to be advertised.
(Labour Insights, 2017)
nurses were working in the UK in 2016, a rise of 23% since
Wales needs more...
Nursing Healthcare Support Workers,
Midwives, Dental Nurses, Physiotherapists,
Medical Practitioners (Doctors),
Dental Practitioners (Dentists), Nurses,
Health Associate Professionals,
Medical and Dental Technicians,
Biological Scientists and Biochemists, Pharmacists
What jobs can I do?
Some of the health jobs you could do:
These are the total number of all jobs in the health sector in areas of Wales (Rounded figures).
Who employs nurses and midwives?
Who employs nursing healthcare support workers?
(RCN Labour Market Review, 2016)
(NOMIS BRES, 2015)
Meet the Employers
The NHS is the main employer for health careers in Wales. There are 8 health boards within the NHS across Wales. NHS jobs can be found at www.jobs.nhs.uk
Other health employers include GP and Dental practices, private healthcare facilities and laboratories.
Find the location of hospitals in Wales:
What can I earn?
Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.
Jobs within the NHS in Wales have a specific pay structure.
Pay for jobs outside the NHS can vary. The majority of people in complementary therapies are self-employed and so their income can vary widely.
Many jobs in health require science subjects such as Biology and Chemistry, in addition to Maths and English. Jobs in health often require degrees and professional qualifications.
If you don’t have the GCSE’s and A levels in the right subjects, some university courses accept Access courses. Check with the university first to make sure that they accept the specific access course you are selecting.
Here are some examples of courses you can do:
- GCSE Science
- Introduction to Massage Therapy
- VRQ Level 2 in Complementary Therapies
- AS/A Level Biology
- AS/A Level Chemistry
- AS/A Level Physics
Examples of degree level qualifications include:
- HND Health Informatics
- BDS Dental Surgery
- BMid Midwifery
- BN Adult Nursing
- BN Childrens Nursing
- BSc Physiotherapy
- BSc Acupuncture
- BSc Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene
- BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging
- BSc Operating Department Practitioner
- BSc Healthcare Science
- MBBCh Medicine
- MEng Medical Engineering
- Master of Chiropractic
- MSc Pain Management
(NHS Informatics Service, 2016)
work part time’
(RCN Labour Market Review, 2016)
Health Associate Professionals include jobs such as Acupunturist, Homeopath, Hypnotherapist, Massage Therapist, Reflexologist and Sports Therapist. People who work in these jobs are often self employed.
Find out more about becoming self-employed:
Networking and word of mouth are particularly important in the health sector. Get to know other people and businesses, face-to-face, and through social media.
Build your network of contacts to sell yourself and your ideas.
Get as much work experience as you can. Lack of general work experience is one of the top 3 reasons employers give for not employing someone.
Skills in Demand
The demand for IT skills is increasing as health careers provide digital services such as ehealth / telemedicine.
(NHS Workforce Wales, 2015)
Welsh Government has announced over £5.5 million for digital priorities within the Welsh NHS. (Welsh Government, 2017) In line with current trends there is also likely to be growth of IT jobs within the NHS in Wales.
New in Sector
Do I need Welsh Language skills?
If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace.
368 GPs stated they could speak Welsh in 2015. This means that there is roughly 1.2 Welsh speaking GPs per 10,000 people.
The Welsh Government is committed to strengthening the use of Welsh Language within health care.
“Being able to access Welsh language services is a clear desire for some...it can also be a matter of need and vital in securing positive well-being outcomes”.
(Welsh Government, 2016)
In the health sector