23 August 2017

Got your A-Level results? Getting your GCSEs? Consider a career in Healthcare

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Hundreds of thousands of teenagers will receive their GCSE results on Thursday, and many will be considering what career path they should aim for in the long run.  With the skills gap in the healthcare sector growing, demand for skilled personnel has never been higher.

 If you want a career where you will help people, improve lives and bring comfort to those most vulnerable in our society then becoming a healthcare professional will be rewarding to you.

How to get into Nursing and Healthcare?

You will usually need a minimum of five GCSEs including maths, English and science, at grade C or above as well as two A-levels or the equivalent. Since 2013, Nursing has become an all-graduate profession which means that you will need to go to university and attain a nursing degree to become a registered nurse. A nursing degree typically lasts for 4 years, and 50% of it will see you do hands on training at work placements.

To become a Healthcare Assistant, there are no specific requirements. To become an HCA, all you have to do is apply for a job. Once accepted you are given training on the job. However, it’s a good idea to get some work experience before applying for a job, so you know what being an HCA entails.

The Main Areas of Health Care

Adult Care – You will work with the elderly and/or other adults with different types of health issues and will provide care to enhance their lives and help them live as normal a life as possible. This type of care typically takes place in hospitals, care homes or the clients own home.

Mental Health Care – People with mental health conditions come from all sorts of backgrounds and conditions can range from severe psychoses to personality disorders. The work can be demanding but rewarding and will see you working with a range of healthcare professionals such as psychologists and GPs.

Children’s Care – Children’s carers look after and assist children with a wide range of issues such as complications from birth, childhood diseases, broken bones and complex care needs.

Learning Disability Care -  Learning disability healthcare workers work to maintain or help improve a patient’s lifestyle and overall health.

Complex Care – Complex Care workers work with service users with conditions such as brain injuries and Dementia.

Useful Links

You can check a university’s entry requirements, on the UCAS website or via individual university websites.

When Can You Apply to Newcross?

To be considered for a role with Newcross you will need to have enough appropriate work experience. For HCA roles you will need at least 3 months of experience and as a nurse, you will need 6 months.

You can browse through our full array of current job opportunities to get an indication of the wide range of roles and working environments by clicking here.

We wish you luck on starting your healthcare career, and perhaps one day we will be welcoming you into the Newcross family.