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Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there’s a career for you in the NHS.


The NHS has careers available if you’re interested in becoming a doctor, nurse, midwife or physiotherapist, which you will have heard of.

But we need people in all sorts of jobs, whether you work frontline on a ward or never see a patient. You could work behind the scenes helping to manage the finance system, in a laboratory as a biochemist, or be the clerk who books a patient in for their operation.

Depending on what role you choose, you could work in any number of locations around the UK, for example hospitals, GP surgeries, community clinics, pharmacies, mental health facilities, prisons, or ambulance services.

Whatever you’d like to do, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives from day one. Keep an open mind and remember the NHS needs people in all sorts of roles, some of which you may not have even heard of!

NHS values

We’re keen to hear from anyone who shares and is committed to the NHS values.

This means that you’ll be someone who’s keen to work with colleagues for the benefit of patients. It also means that you’ll treat everyone with respect, and that you’re committed to making a difference to people’s lives. 

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Getting Started

There are different ways you can start your student’s NHS career.

  • If making plans for university feels right for you, you could study to become a nurse, midwife, or physiotherapist. 
  • An apprenticeship could be a great option for you and the NHS offers these at different levels. 
  • Or an assistant or technician role could be the perfect way to start your career. It will also mean you could be in the right place when a degree apprenticeship becomes available. 

Your Future

The NHS is a great place to grow and learn and, once you’re in, we’ll be keen to support you to stay and develop your career.

The pace of change and technological developments in the NHS means that we’ll always need new skills and experience, so there’ll be opportunities to change careers as you progress too.

And the pay progression system is based on gaining knowledge, experience and skills so this is another great reason to progress your career within the NHS!


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 and online quizzes 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.

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