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Careers in health – what are my next steps?

The NHS Health Careers website has lots of information about roles in all areas of the NHS and has specific pages on general practice roles.

The site also guides you through the number of routes you can take to get a job and continue your learning – from apprenticeships, on the job training, how to apply for university courses in nursing, and how to apply for medical school if you want to become a doctor.

There are many roles which do not require specific training and education to undertake – most employers will require basic levels of maths and English as in any other role though. For people who want to access education to undertake specific roles, there are both ‘work based’ and university routes to consider. There is a lot changing in the way people can access education to develop into careers now – for example, did you know you can now become a nurse by undertaking an apprenticeship work based learning route?

Useful links


Apprenticeships in general practice


Reaching your potential: Become a general practice nurse in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

General practice in Essex


Royal College of General practitioners (RCGP) Think GP campaign

List of resources (download below)

  • “No day is ever the same “ - Working in general practice leaflet

  • General Practice Nursing – reach your potential working in a Doctor’s surgery leaflet (coming soon)

  • Careers in General Practice leaflet
  • Apply for Medical School poster
  • General practice Nursing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough brochure
  • General Practice in Essex brochure
  • Health Education England General Practice Nursing career framework 

Work based learning is a great route for people who typically  prefer to learn whilst they earn, already work in healthcare and want to enhance their qualifications, or prefer a more flexible pathway into careers. This covers role

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University study is ideal for people who typically like to undertake study on a full time basis, or would like a ‘clinical’ career (such as a doctor or nurse).

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