NHS Health Careers


Who we are

350 careers. One NHS. Their future.  We believe there’s an NHS career for anyone who shares our values.

Whatever your students’ skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for them in the NHS. They could work directly with patients, in hospitals, an ambulance trust, or in the community. And once they’re part of the NHS team, they can develop their career to fulfil their potential.


Let us help you help your students

National Careers Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the free resources we have available for you. There are competitions and other teaching resources, oline quizzes and literature to name but a few. They can help you meet the Gatsby benchmarks too, so see the tabs below for details.

There’s also a section on the Health Careers website just for you, so take a look.

We believe there’s an NHS career for anyone who shares our values

Olivia Shelton

Olivia kept believing in her dream career after her A-level results were disappointing.

Layla Adam

Layla has grown in confidence in an NHS apprenticeship!

Cherie Lawrence

Cherie became a mental health nurse after she overcame post-natal depression.

See you there!

We’re running three Facebook Live sessions during National Careers Week 2021 and it would be great to have you and your students along. Not able to join us in real time? No problem! All three will be available to watch back later.

Meeting The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our teaching resources for KS4 are an online suite of resources that can be delivered as part of work in citizenship, PSHE, English and drama. We also have some patient ‘journeys’ that show how many NHS staff patients come into contact with. Both can help support you on Benchmark 1.

Have a look at our Health Careers role pages for labour market information to help you meet Benchmark 2.

To help you meet Benchmark 3, have a look at our careers quizzes. The Step into the NHS website has one for secondary school age students and there’s a more in-depth one on the Health Careers website.

We have a useful compare roles function on the Health Careers website too where students can choose up to three roles to compare at any one time. Especially useful if they’re not sure what they want to do!

And our course finder will help your students find the course that’s right for them.

The COVID19 pandemic has made this trickier, but many staff in the health sector volunteer to provide support in schools through Inspiring the future so it’s a good idea to sign up. And there are lots of STEM ambassadors too who are always happy to provide an insight into what they do in their role.

The Step into the NHS schools competitions (both KS2 and KS3) are great for helping you meet Benchmark 5. Both close on 30 April 2021 so you still have time to enter!

And in 2021 NHS Health Careers has a presence at more free online careers events than ever! Bookmark our events pages for details.

We know that getting work experience has been particularly tricky during the pandemic. But it’s important to remember that any caring or customer service experience is invaluable for job and apprenticeship applications. Perhaps your students have cared for a family member or helped a neighbour with their shopping during the pandemic. To help you meet Benchmark 6, have a look at our work experience guide and work experience ideas.