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Make a difference with a career in health

Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career.

Health Careers

Make a difference with a career in health. Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career with the Health Careers service.

When people are asked to name careers in health, most people will say doctor, nurse, midwife and paramedic. In fact, there are more than 350 different careers ranging from art therapist to window cleaner.

Health Careers aims to make people aware of the range of opportunities available and offer them up-to-date and reliable careers information. There is also support for current students and staff through career planning resources and information on where to access support.

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Health Careers website (www.healthcareers.nhs.uk)

The Health Careers website provides detailed information on more than 350 roles in health with a number of real-life stories and videos. There are also top tips for planning your own career.  

Exclusive features:

course finder with more than 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate courses

a registered section where users can save their favourite content, sign-up to email communication and personalise their homepage based on individual interests

‘compare roles’ tool enabling users to compare bite-sized information on up to three different roles

an events calendar for information on career related events across the country such as university open days or careers fairs

careers advisers and teachers section that includes teaching resources, toolkits and information on the Step into the NHS schools competition

lots of useful resources including infographics, presentations, posters and leaflets 

Direction of travel report 

During December 2016 and January 2017, we conducted some research to find out what our users think about the Health Careers website and any improvements they'd like to see. We devised an online survey which included questions for potential and actual users and were delighted to receive more than 800 responses from students, those in health-related employment, and those who advise these groups.

The resulting report sets out an independent analysis of our findings and is available below.

Step into the NHS (www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk)

Step into the NHS was set up to engage young people in the range of career options and to help them make career decisions. The website includes:

personality quiz highlighting the most suitable roles based on individual interests

bite-sized information on 66 roles in the NHS

real-life stories and videos

top tips on gaining work experience

Step into the NHS schools’ competition


Our annual schools’ competition for students in years 8 and 9 grows every year. An estimated 8,000 students participated in 2016/17 and we received more than 2,000 entries!

We want students to choose an NHS career that interests them and create a job description and an advert to tell their friends and other young people about it. Students can work on their own or in teams of up to four. National winners each win an iPad with regional winners receiving a £50 Amazon voucher. There is also a highly commended entry from each school which receives a certificate.

Developed with practising teachers, the competition has strong links to the careers education, PSHE, citizenship and English curricula. Teacher packs are available for download now and hard copies from September each year.


Real life, your life is an online toolkit of activities and multimedia resources that support Careers Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) at Key Stage 4. It provides teachers with everything they need to deliver interactive and informative lessons with confidence.

Real life, your life consists of five topic areas that each delivers different learning outcomes and helps students to develop key skills to prepare them for the world of work, whilst also gaining a unique insight into the wealth of career opportunities available in the NHS.

Every year the national Health Careers team attend a number of national events for young people and careers advisers including:

The Skills Show

The Big Bang Fair

What Career Live?

National Career Guidance Shows

Health Careers has recently updated its suite of Careers in health literature. The new booklets have a fresh look and feel with new photography and real-life stories. As well as ten booklets exploring individual career areas, a career for you in health is an introductory guide to just some of careers in health. Each includes at-a-glance information about the range of roles, FAQs and new real-life stories. 

Along with a leaflet to promote the new Health Careers website, NHS organisations, schools, colleges and other organisations can order copies of our range of careers literature for events, careers libraries, etc from our helpline. We also have a downloadable toolkit including a poster, leaflet and presentation that can be used in classrooms and libraries to promote the website.

(0345 60 60 655 / advice@healthcareers.nhs.uk

Our dedicated team of advisers are available to answer questions about careers in health via phone, email and social media. Organisations can order copies of our range of careers literature and other marketing materials for events, careers libraries, etc.