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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:

A Find your career online tool to help you find information about careers to suit you

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

explore roles section which enables visitors to see an overview of different categories in one place, or a list of roles within that category.

‘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

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

Our Step into the NHS programme 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

Resources for both primary and secondary school teachers

Step into the NHS schools’ competition

(www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/schools)

Our annual schools competition for students in years 8 and 9 grows every year and more than 3500 students took part in 2017/18!

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. Updated in 2019, the package 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 an extensive suite of A4 Careers in health literature which can be ordered for use at careers events and job fairs. There are 13 booklets available and each publication includes at-a-glance information about the range of roles available and the training needed, FAQs and real-life stories.

A separate A5 introductory guide - A career for you in health - is also available with snapshot information of about 60 careers in health.

Also available are materials to promote the Step into the NHS programme and a credit-sized card with information about apprenticeships in health.

Email advice@healthcareers.nhs.uk or phone 0345 60 60 655 to order copies.

(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.