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Healthcare and Society

What's happening locally

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Gloucestershire

  • The health and care industry is one of the largest sectors in Gloucestershire

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals, is the second largest employer in Gloucestershire. According to its website, it has more than 7000 employees (including 2,100 nurses and midwives and 800 doctors)

  • Employment in residential care homes is another important area. Excluding Bristol, there are at least 250 care homes in Gloucestershire, although many of them are small. Most are privately owned, sometimes by major care home operators such as Bupa and Barchester Healthcare. Around 80 are owned by voluntary agencies and trusts (such as Mencap and the Brandon Trust, a Bristol based charity supporting people with learning difficulties)

  • The education and childcare sector is also a large employer. For instance, there are many nurseries throughout Gloucestershire, ranging from large children's centres owned by the Council, to small privately run nurseries, which might have just 3 or 4 members of staff. There are a very few chains, some of which have nurseries throughout the UK, but the vast majority of privately run nurseries in Gloucestershire are one-offs

  • Teaching assistants positions (often part time) in schools in Gloucestershire are regularly advertised by Gloucestershire County Council.

  • Experience of volunteering is necessary for some care and health jobs/courses and Gloucestershire has various opportunities - e.g. at the end of 2011, Gloucestershire Constabulary were actively recruiting special constable volunteer Police Officers (there are currently around 200) although they sometimes also look for Police Support Volunteers e.g. to cover admin staff when on holiday. St John Ambulance has about 600 volunteers - not just first aiders (also youth leaders, support roles, etc)

  • As in other parts of the UK, employers have faced challenges, which sometimes mean staff cuts or a freeze on recruitment. At the beginning of 2011, for instance, it was reported Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had to make £18 million worth of savings. Local authorities have also had to make cuts although most have prioritised social care services for vulnerable adults and children

Examples of society, health and development employers in Gloucestershire