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Health and social care sector

Latest Dorset health and social care sector insights.

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Health and Social Care Sector Dashboard

The coronavirus pandemic brought into focus just how much we rely on both the clinical and non-clinical workers in the healthcare sector. Our NHS is the country’s largest employer with 1.7 million staff, making it the 5th biggest employer in the world.

Explore the interactive dashboard below – click on the occupation bars to reveal salary, automation and education trends. Download a copy of the Health and Social Care Sector Dashboard.

Click on the arrow at the right-hand corner to view the dashboard in full and scroll through the pages.

Sector Overview 

In Dorset, the sector has exponentially grown over the past years and is predicted to expand further in the future, offering a great variety of career opportunities. It employs 55,000 people (16% of the workforce) contributing £1.6 billion (8.8%) to the overall Dorset economy. The sector has grown 17% in economic outputs over the past decade yet the social value is harder to measure i.e. what is the economic output of a nurse?

Career Prospects

There is a higher and growing employment demand in the sector in Dorset and this has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dorset’s demographic profile, with its more aged population, means a higher proportion of local people are working in health and social care (16% compared to 13% across England) and this is set to create a variety of interesting and rewarding opportunities within the sector. Check the dashboard for latest occupations and skills in demand.

Explore Health & Science Jobs and Healthcare Skills Courses.

Key Employers

There are around 1,200 organisations engaged in health and social care in Dorset (UK Business Counts, 2019). Employers in the sector tend to be large organisations with 15 among them employing more than 250+ people. Check the dashboard for all the employers hiring in the sector.

The NHS is the largest employer and recruiter as are many social care providers such as Agincare Group, Care South and Colten Care.

Learning Opportunities

In 2018/19, there were c1,920 apprenticeship starts in health, public services and care, with c1,100 apprenticeships being completed during that year. Browse apprenticeship opportunities near you.

Bournemouth University is a significant provider of graduate level health and medical sciences related training. In 2018-19 there were 3,360 enrolments on medical-related courses at the university – encapsulating BU undergraduate courses and BU postgraduate courses.

AECC University College located in Bournemouth specialises in medical/health related courses at AECC undergraduate courses and AECC postgraduate courses.

The Bournemouth and Poole College offers a range of Health, Care and Education courses at Bournemouth and Poole College.

Weymouth College offers a variety of Weymouth College health and care courses from entry to undergraduate level at the heart of Dorset.