You can make a real positive difference to people’s lives by pursuing a career in the Health Industry.
In the Health industry, there are several specialities to choose to work in. Some of the common areas include:
Healthcare and Medical degrees are available at undergraduate level (taking three-five years to complete). Entry into medicine and healthcare is very competitive and your motivation and commitment are rigorously assessed. You may be required to complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). The BMAT has two test dates, which fall in September and October.
Level 2: GCSE (5 C-A*)
Level 3-4: A-Level, BTEC, Diploma, Apprenticeship
Level 5-6: University Degree, Degree Apprenticeships, HND
Level 7: Masters Degree
Become a Healthcare Professional
Healthcare professionals work in many areas. They work at different levels from trainees to specialists to consultants. Being a medical or healthcare professional is a rewarding but demanding role that will suit you if you enjoy caring for patients, have good stamina and can work under pressure.
Durations widely vary. For instance, to become a hospital consultant, you must complete:
A degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
A two-year foundation programme of general training, Specialist training in your chosen area of medicine
Junior doctors in Foundation Year 1 (F1) earn a basic starting salary of £26,614. In Foundation Year 2 (F2) this rises to £30,805. A hospital doctor in specialist training starts on a basic salary of £36,461 and can go up to £46,208. Once training is finished, speciality doctors can earn from £35-£70,000. Consultants earn between £76,761-£103,490 depending on experience.
Most hospital doctors aspire to become a consultant. As a consultant, you’ll be responsible for your own work and for supervising the work and training of all doctors on your team. You can apply for consultancy roles six months before you achieve your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at the end of your specialist training. You may need to wait longer than this though as extra experience and research is often needed for competitive posts.
A day in the life of a Healthcare Professional
Most healthcare professionals examine, diagnose and treat patients who’ve been referred to hospital by GPs and other health professionals. They apply their medical knowledge and skills to the diagnosis, prevention and management of disease.
The day-to-day duties of a Healthcare Professional consist of the following:
Monitoring and providing general care to patients on hospital wards and in outpatients clinics
Admitting patients requiring special care, followed by investigations and treatment
Examining and talking to patients to diagnose their medical condition
Carrying out specific procedures, for example, performing operations and specialist investigations
Making notes and preparing paperwork, both as a legal record of treatment and for the benefit of other healthcare professionals
Communicating with other medical and non-medical staff in the workplace to ensure quality treatment
Promoting health education
Undertaking managerial responsibilities, such as planning the workload
Carrying out auditing and research.
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