As the NHS approaches its 72nd birthday on Sunday, interest in careers within the health service continues to soar.
The newly-revamped online portal to NHS careers is notching up more hits than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and this seems set to continue.
With more than 350 careers on offer, the NHS Health Careers site (https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/) has piqued interest from all age groups and skillsets.
The courage and dedication of frontline workers during the pandemic appear to have inspired a whole host of potential NHS workers.
Overall, between March and June there was 3,079,445 visits to the website - a 46% increase compared with the same period last year.
But searches for undergraduate courses in health careers, including nursing and the allied health professions, rose by a massive 70 per cent, with 2.2 million searches in all.
• 149% increase in searches for adult nursing courses;
• 120% increase in searches for child nursing courses;
• 117% increase in searches for learning disability nursing courses;
• 100% increase in searches for mental health nursing courses;
• 142% increase in searches for therapeutic radiography courses;
• 119% increase in searches for diagnostic radiography courses;
• 82% increase in searches for paramedic science courses.
The overall number of page visitors looking for information on training to be a nurse rose by 138% between March and June, with a 103% increase in people seeking information on becoming a paramedic.
There was a 152% increase in interest in diagnostic radiography, and a 218% rise in interest on becoming a high intensity therapist.
Professor Sheona MacLeod, Acting Director of Education and Quality and Executive Medical Director,Health Education England, said:
“As the NHS approaches its 72nd birthday at a time when people value it more than ever, it is really heartening to see that translate into heightened interest in jobs.
“The NHS offers such a wealth of rewarding careers – there really is something for everyone – and the newly-refreshed NHS Health Careers website is there to help them make that choice.”