There are dozens of roles in today's NHS where helping to deliver care, therapy or treatment is a major part of the work. All of the roles in this section involve working closely with patients. This can be to diagnose and treat illnesses. Others involve providing therapies, assistance with areas of difficulty, or care for those who need it. People in these roles work with patients in all kinds of settings - in hospitals, clinics, in homes and in the community.
Hospitals are a bit like people. They need to be fed, clothed and kept warm and clean. When things go wrong, someone needs to be there to fix it. On a smaller scale, clinics and GP Surgeries need access to a lot of the same skills. You might not need a university degree to do many of these jobs but, without them, the modern NHS would grind to a halt!
From the smallest clinic to the largest hospital, the NHS could not function without its receptionists, clerks, accountants and managers. Entry requirements vary and there are a range of training and advancement opportunities. Most roles don't require medical training but many involve working closely with medical staff to ensure they have everything they need. Managers who take responsibility for clinical services or departments are often required to have experience of that area of operation. Some staff are given medical training as they can often be the first help on hand if someone becomes unwell while in a waiting area.
Science and technology lie at the very heart of today's NHS and we're a popular choice for graduates and school leavers with scientific qualifications. Some roles involve close work with patients to diagnose and treat illness. Others, such as Cytology Screener, are based in laboratories. Posts such as Medical Photographer draw on both technical skills and clinical experience. Entry requirements vary but all require an inquisitive mind, a methodical approach and a keen attention to detail. There are opportunities through on-the-job training and continued professional development, often leading to registration with professional bodies. Click here to find out more about Scientific and Technical Roles.
The NHS today relies on the right information being readily available when needed, whether that's computerised medical records or books and journals held on paper. We also need people who can help others to communicate effectively, such as Audio-Visual Technicians. Meanwhile, almost everyone working in the NHS will have to use our computer systems which creates a number of opportunities for IT professionals.