Careers in the caring and medical sector

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