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NCW2023 – Health and Care

In celebration of National Careers Week 2023, we are looking at some of Plymouth’s key sectors, and first up we are showcasing one of the biggest growth sectors within the city, with many vacancies and opportunities to get involved in. Health and Care is a values-based, rewarding sector, where no day is the same. The following article is broken into three sections; the first section is, know your pathway, where you can find out the breadth of Health & Care, followed by two sections surrounding key opportunities right now.


Know your pathway

With over 50 pathways to choose from in the city including; Nursing and Midwifery, Audiology, General Practice, Frontline (Health Care Assistants/Support Worker), Administration, Education, Leadership and Management, Site services/Maintenance, Youth Work, Rehabilitation, Funeral Services, Childcare, Family Support, Social Work and many more!


There has never been a more crucial time to join the Health and Care sector in Plymouth. There are hundreds of vacancies in the city from the front line to registered roles and a wealth of training to support your next steps/individual goals, whether that is entering the sector or upskilling in your current role.

When considering joining the sector, it could not be easier, because experience is not necessarily needed and full training is given, supported by a wide range of training offers across the city as shown in the image below:

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Care – Do you care for others and their wellbeing?

  • Compassion – Are you compassionate about supporting those in need?

  • Competence – Are you organised and can work as part of a team or on your own?

  • Communication – Are you approachable and will chat with others?

  • Courage – Do you stand up for those that need a voice?

  • Commitment – Are you committed to improving others’ lives?

Answering yes to these questions is the first step towards your new career or progression within your current role. To find out more and speak to our Health & Care Coordinators by emailing healthandcareskills@plymouth.gov.uk or sending a WhatsApp message to 07814943808 and start your skills journey now.


Domiciliary Care in Plymouth

Domiciliary care or Home Care is a popular alternative to residential and nursing care. Domiciliary care enables those with a care need (through illness, long-term medical issues or old age) to remain in their own home and receive the care they require. The advantage of homecare is, it is carried out in a person’s own home, meaning any long stays in a hospital can be avoided and they are in the comfort of their own home.

Care can be offered in many capacities – and the length and frequency of visits will depend on individual circumstances and care needs. Some only need domiciliary care for short periods, whilst others need long-term care.


There are two types of Domiciliary Care roles in the city. Plymouth providers offer Walking Roles and Driver Roles, so therefore a Full Driving License is not always necessary. Our Health and Care Coordinators are connected with 20+ providers who all have vacancies right now, so get in touch to find out more and be connected with employers.


The role requires you to work in a person-centred manner, ensure all needs of the residents/clients are met, and ensure all care plans are monitored and up to date. As well as observing, monitoring and recording the health and medical information of those in your care. Responsibilities include working with patients, relatives and carers, assisting with clinical duties, personal care including infection prevention and control, food prep and assisting with meals, personal hygiene and overall reassurance, comfort and safety. Considering, physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of the individuals in your care, working holistically to provide the best care to meet their needs and wishes.


For more information on Domiciliary Care, check out this video: Working in Home Care - YouTube


Nursing Associates programme

Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and support registered nurses across the four fields of nursing to provide high-quality, safe, person-centred care in a wide range of health and care settings across the lifespan. The Nursing associate programmes are a fully funded alternative to a full-time Nursing Degree.

The programmes consist of a  two-year foundation degree which includes 2300 hours in total with a minimum of 1150 hours required in clinical practice placements. Once qualified, Nursing Associates may work across a wide range of healthcare settings and clinical areas, including acute or community hospitals, community nursing teams and GP practices.


Entry requirement vary, Level 3 qualifications alongside Maths and English is desirable for most programmes in the city. However, there is an alternative programme where only a Level 2 is required – to find out more about the entry requirements, please get in touch.


To find out more and speak to our Health & Care Coordinators by emailing healthandcareskills@plymouth.gov.uk or sending a WhatsApp message to 07814943808 and start your skills journey now


Want to find out more? Drop in and see our Health and Care Coordinators on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre every Thursday, 12-2pm for our Job Shop.

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