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School leavers urged to consider NHS careers

18 August 2023

The NHS is beginning  a new drive to help school leavers explore the vast range of health careers it offers.. 

The first-ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, published in June, set out how record numbers of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff will be trained over the next 15 years.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England said:

“Joining the NHS was one of the best decisions I ever made and it is hugely encouraging to see an increasing number take a similar path, with an increase in students undertaking a medicine or dentistry degree this year compared to before the pandemic.

“While as part of the NHS’ Long-Term Workforce Plan we are ensuring the NHS can draw on the widest pool of talent available, with more training places offered through degree apprenticeships so staff can earn while they learn alongside the potential introduction of medical internships. 

“So, if you are a school leaver and unsure of your next step, please consider joining the NHS and search NHS Health Careers today.”

Duncan Burton, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England said:

 “I am delighted that thousands of people will be starting their career in the NHS with a nursing or midwifery degree. 

“Working in the NHS is one of the most important, versatile and rewarding jobs you could have – I have never regretted choosing nursing.

“So, if you’ve got your exam results today and are considering your options, please consider one of the various routes to become a nurse, midwife or one of the many other NHS roles on offer.”

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Workforce, Training and Education Officer for NHS England, said: 

Those who choose to study nursing, midwifery or one of the allied health professions could also be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which guarantees a grant of £5,000 a year plus further payments for those specialising in certain jobs.