All jobs in this sector involve helping people. Often this means working with people who are in difficulty or distress.

They may be ill or injured or they may have a long-term disability or mental health issue. People of all ages need care and medical services, including babies and pregnant women, young children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. You could choose a career providing care for people in their own homes or you could work in a hospital, health centre or clinic. You need training for any job in the caring and medical sector. Most jobs need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

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Skills and qualities needed

  • Absorb and summarise information
  • Empathy with people
  • Writing accurate reports
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Listening skills.


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Skills for Care

NHS Careers

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine