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Health service careers explained

A new NHS website makes it easier to see the range of health service careers, and their study requirements.

www.healthcareers.nhs.uk will help you to understand the many different roles within the NHS, from doctors to paramedics, dentists to healthcare scientists, and look up the courses you need for those career paths. There’s also a new Health Careers Facebook page and a Twitter feed too.

Every day this month, Health Careers is “opening a door”, Advent calendar-style, to better-known NHS roles like general practitioners and dental hygienists, but also some of the less obvious ones like medical photographers, music therapists, environmental health professionals, managers and clinical psychologists. See the Twitter feed for all the #openadoor surprises.

The Health Careers website guides you through the UCAS application process – which is more involved for some healthcare courses than it is for other subjects – and gives detailed information about what you should do if you want to study to become a doctor, nurse, midwife, dentist, psychological therapist, and so on. It also explains the options for those who already have a first degree in a non-healthcare subject and want to re-train, or who want to change careers and start working in health.

There is also a page for teachers and advisers working with secondary school pupils: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/i-am/teacher-or-careers-adviser

And there’s a whole section on planning a health career, including advice on raising your profile, attending careers fairs, using social media to your advantage, and more: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning

“There’s something for everyone,” the site insists, “whether you’re still at school and thinking about your options, or already working in health.”

Posted by Nicholas Manthorpe on Wed, 8 Feb 2017



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Nick was a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press and its sister weekly titles in Norfolk and Waveney, then served as Media Officer for North Norfolk District Council for 13 years. He now works as a writer and PR and media relations consultant. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of East Anglian Writers.

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