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Title: This is an abbreviated version of the presentation given by

This is an abbreviated version of the
presentation given by Alan Simmons from NHS
Careers at the National Career Guidance Show in
Wembley on 10-3-11. Most images and other
graphics have been removed to make the
presentation electronically smaller and therefore
easier to transport. Caution if you use or view
this presentation, please be aware that facts and
figures contained will date over time.
Career opportunities in the National Health
Alan Simmons Careers Consultant, NHS Careers
Join the team and make a difference
A whistle stop tour of
Highlighting significant changes
  • NHS size and structure
  • Career areas
  • Opportunities at university and beyond
  • Pay
  • Careers information and resources from NHS
  • Using the NHS Jobs website

NHS Size and structure
NHS organisations in England (at 3-10)
Major changes Over the next 2-3 years as a
result of Govt. White Paper
  • 168 Acute (Hospital) Trusts
  • 12 Ambulance Trusts
  • 11 Care Trusts
  • 59 Mental Health Trusts
  • 147 Primary Care Trusts
  • 9 Special Health Authorities
  • 10 Strategic Health Authorities
  • Total 416 NHS organisations (including 160
    foundation trusts at July 2010)
  • PCTs to be abolished 2013
  • SHAs to be abolished 2012/13

How the NHS works
FACTS Approximately 90 of NHS care takes place
outside of hospitals The 17.5 million with
long-term conditions (such as asthma or diabetes
receive their treatment in primary care
Staff in the NHS 2009 (approximately!)
Career areas
Career areas in the NHS
  • Allied health professions
  • Ambulance service team
  • Dental team
  • Doctors
  • Healthcare science
  • Health informatics
  • Management
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Wider healthcare team

Some changes affecting careers in this group
Changes affecting careers in this group
Big changes affecting careers in this group
Examples of careers in the Allied Health
  • Adult psychotherapist
  • Art therapist
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Chiropodist/podiatrist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Diagnostic radiographer
  • Dietitian
  • Dramatherapist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Music therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Orthoptist
  • Orthotist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Prosthetist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Therapeutic radiographer
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Technical instructor

Examples of careers in the Ambulance Service team
  • Ambulance care assistant
  • Call handler
  • Control room manager
  • Control room supervisor
  • Emergency care practitioner
  • Emergency medical dispatcher
  • Paramedic
  • Patient transport services controller
  • Patient transport services driver
  • Student paramedic

Examples of careers in the Dental Team
  • Associate dentist
  • Assistant dentist
  • Dental nurse
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental therapist
  • Dental technologist
  • Dental surgeon
  • Dentist community
  • Dentist - general practice
  • Dentist hospital
  • Dentist public health
  • Oral maxillo-facial surgeon
  • Maxillofacial prosthetist
  • Orthodontist
  • Paediatric dentist
  • Restorative dentist
  • Vocational trainee

Examples of career areas for Doctors
  • Acute care common stem (ACCS)
  • Acute Internal Medicine
  • Anaesthesia
  • Chemical pathology
  • Community Sexual Reproductive Health
  • General practice
  • Histopathology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Medical virology
  • Medicine in general
  • Emergency medicine
  • Neurosurgery (core neuroscience training)
  • Obstetrics gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry in general
  • Public health
  • Surgery in general

Examples of careers in Health Informatics
  • Administrative assistant
  • Assistant IT support officer
  • Assistant manager, medical records
  • Clinic clerk
  • Clinical audit manager/officer
  • Clinical coder
  • Clinical records officer
  • Computer manager and information co-ordinator
  • Information analyst
  • Information services manager
  • Information specialist
  • Information/library officer
  • IT trainer
  • Knowledge and information
  • manager
  • Librarian
  • Medical records clerk
  • Network manager
  • Patient liaison manager
  • Project manager
  • Public health intelligence manager
  • Telecommunications manager
  • Ward clerk

Examples of careers in Healthcare Science
Major changes as a result of Modernising
Scientific Careers
Engineering and physical sciences
Physiological sciences
Life sciences
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Clinical illustrators
  • Equipment management
  • Information technology / computer science
  • Medical engineering rehabilitation engineering
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiation protection
  • Renal dialysis
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics
  • Audiology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical perfusion
  • Critical care technology
  • G I physiology
  • Hearing therapy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic science
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Urodynamics
  • Vascular technology
  • Vision science
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Blood transfusion
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Clinical embryology
  • Clinical immunology
  • Cytopathology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Phlebotomy

Major changes as a result of Modernising
Scientific Careers
New 3-year integrated BSc Healthcare Science
degrees now being rolled out e.g. Sunderland, UWE
Approx. 190 trainee vacancies under STP
advertised in Feb 2011
Source Modernising Scientific Careers The UK
Way Forward (
Modernising Scientific Careers
  • Increasingly opportunities at various levels
  • Healthcare science assistant (work towards
    vocational qualifications)
  • Healthcare science associate (work towards FDeg)
  • Healthcare science practitioner (via Practitioner
    Training Programme undergraduate entry after
    new BSc Healthcare Science)
  • Healthcare scientist (via Scientist Training
    Programme graduate entry (replacing clinical
    scientist training scheme))
  • Senior healthcare scientist
  • Consultant healthcare scientist

Examples of careers in Midwifery
  • Community midwife
  • Consultant midwife
  • Delivery suite manager
  • Health visitor
  • Labour ward manager
  • Midwife
  • Neonatal nurse

Examples of careers in Nursing
Major change degree entry only for new
entrants from 2013
  • Community nurse
  • District nurse
  • General/adult nurse
  • Health visitor
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Neonatal nurse
  • Nurse consultant
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Paediatric (childrens) nurse
  • Practice nurse
  • Prison nurse
  • School nurse

Managers of
Major change Significant reduction in
management costs across the NHS over next few
years. Estimated reduction of 24,500 managerial
posts by 2014/15
  • Administration
  • (the) Board
  • Change
  • Clinical audit
  • Clinical governance
  • Clinical risk
  • Clinical site
  • Commissioning
  • Communications/public relations
  • Contracts
  • Estates facilities
  • Finance
  • General services
  • Hotel services
  • Human resources
  • Information
  • Information management
  • Linen/laundry services
  • Medical records
  • Patient services/patient liaison
  • Training
  • Projects
  • Practice (e.g. a GP surgery)
  • Primary care development
  • Procurement and supplies
  • Sterile services
  • Strategic development

Examples of careers in the Wider Healthcare Team
  • Administration
  • Clerk
  • Medical record keeper
  • Medical secretary/personal
  • assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Secretary/typist
  • Switchboard operator/telephonist
  • Corporate services
  • Architect
  • Chaplain
  • Engineer
  • Finance staff
  • Health education/promotion
  • officer
  • Hospital play staff
  • Human resources staff
  • Librarians
  • Surveyors
  • Estates services
  • Building worker bricklayer/
  • carpenter/painter/plumber/tiler
  • Caretaker
  • Electrician
  • Estates manager
  • Estate technician
  • Gardener/grounds staff
  • Window cleaner
  • Clinical support services
  • Arts therapy assistant
  • Assistant dietitian
  • Assistant technical officer
  • Cardiographer
  • Clinical support worker in dentistry
  • Maternity support worker
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Newborn hearing screener
  • Nursing healthcare assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Podiatry assistant
  • Radiography assistant
  • Speech and language therapy
  • assistant
  • Domestic services
  • Catering manager
  • Catering assistant
  • Assistant catering manager
  • Chef/head chef/assistant
  • chef
  • Domestic services manager/
  • supervisor
  • Domestic services assistant
  • Housekeeper
  • Laundry manager/assistant
  • Support services
  • Audiovisual technician
  • Driver
  • Fire safety officer
  • Messenger
  • Porter
  • Security
  • Sterile services manager/
  • assistant
  • Storekeeper

Opportunities at university beyond
Opportunities at University
New Healthcare science degrees NB review of
NHS financial support
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Operating department practice
  • Paramedic science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiological science (incl GI, cardiac, neuro,
    respiratory) (where still exist)
  • Podiatry/chiropody
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Radiography therapeutic diagnostic
  • Speech language therapy
  • Audiology
  • Biomedical science
  • Clinical perfusion
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dental technology
  • Dental therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Healthcare science
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Financial support for eligible students
  • Tuition fees paid in full bursary payable
    NHS support from part way through course
  • For more info, visit NHS Student Bursaries
  • NB Department of Health working with the
    Department for BIS to understand implications of
    their proposals on health and social care
    students. Further info about the review into
    student support will be on DH website in due course.
  • Existing students will remain on current scheme
    and will not be affected by this review.

Opportunities for Graduates Clinical
Major changes for graduate entry healthcare
  • Scientist Training Programme (STP) has replaced
    Clinical Scientist Training Scheme from this
    year. Approx. 190 vacancies for 2011 entry.
  • Traditionally, biomedical scientists have ideally
    needed an IBMS accredited degree. However,
    increasingly opportunities under STP to work in
    various areas of life sciences.
  • Arts therapists (music, drama art therapy)
  • Psychologists clinical, counselling, forensic,
    health areas, primary care graduate mental health
  • Accelerated programmes for graduates
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiography (therapeutic and diagnostic)
  • Speech language therapy

Financial support for eligible students
Tuition fees paid in full bursary payable
NHS support from part way through course NB
Subject to review. DH website will
carry details in due course
Opportunities for Graduates - Non-clinical
  • Graduate Management Training Scheme (any degree
    discipline). Has been approx 240 places per year
    likely to be far fewer this year
  • Financial management stream
  • General management stream
  • Human resource management stream
  • Informatics management
  • Other non-scheme opportunities e.g.
  • Health informatics (e.g. librarians,
  • Operational management
  • Engineering etc.

Major change significant reduction in
management costs across the NHS over next few
  • but dont forget the many opportunities for
    non-University trained staff too!

Career Framework for the NHS
Developed by Skills for Health
Consultant psychiatrist, board director
More senior staff
Nurse consultant, consultant SLT, chief pharmacist
Consultant practitioners
Advanced practitioners
Head of estates, specialist OT/midwife
Hotel services manager, community psychiatric
nurse, health visitor
Senior practitioners
New entrant radiographer/midwife/nurse/OT,
paramedic, biomedical scientist
Assist. Pract. (technical cardiology), Asst.
Pract. (neurology), OT technician
Assistant practitioners
Medical sec., senior housekeeper, therapy
assistant, HCA, ATO
Senior healthcare assist./technicians
Support workers
Clinical support worker, cook, housekeeper
Initial entry level jobs
Domestic, porter, cadet, care assistant
Pay as at 2-11
  • Agenda for change
  • Covers the vast majority of staff in the NHS
  • Has 9 bands (levels), ranging from band 1
    (13,653 to 14,364 p.a.) to band 9 (77,079 to
    97,478 p.a.)
  • Example starting salary for newly qualified
    nurse or physiotherapist is band 5 (21,176 pa)
  • NB London allowances payable on top of these
  • Doctors and dentists
  • Very senior managers

NHS Careers information and resources(England
Join the team and make a difference
What is NHS Careers?
  • Careers information for England only?
  • websites (3)
  • literature (all free but available only for
  • contact centre
  • Job vacancies ? (NHS Jobs for England Wales)
  • Careers counselling/guidance ?
  • There is separate provision in Scotland and Wales

NHS Careers contact details
NHS Careers PO Box 2311 Bristol BS2 2ZX
Fax 0345 850 88 66
0345 60 60 655 (main site) (for 14-19 year
olds) (www.faceb (
NHS Careers literature
Major change NHS Careers literature can
only be ordered by organisations, not by
individuals. All literature can be downloaded
from our main site
Main NHS Careers website
Different ways to explore the careers information
Search the site
Link to NHS Jobs website
A-Z of around 110 NHS careers
Download leaflets
Find university courses
Find university courses
Resources for teachers/advisers
Advice line for current NHS staff
Link to list of NHS Trusts
Info for healthcare staff qualified outside the UK
Monthly feature
Latest news
Step into the NHS (14-19 year olds)
Career mapper short quiz to suggest possible
Case studies of NHS staff
Video clips
Register to receive a digital welcome pack
have access to additional areas of the website
receive regular year-group related emails
Additional features for students whove
What can I do with my degree website (graduates
and undergraduates)
Case studies of graduates now working in the NHS
Change degree discipline
Links to graduate schemes
Advice on applying for a job
Advice on career prospects
Using the NHS Jobs website
NHS Jobs website (England Wales)
  • NHS Jobs website
  • Used by all NHS organisations in England (and
  • Simple search facility
  • Advanced search facility (greater flexibility to
    search e.g. by skills, salary or job category)
  • Browse job categories
  • Register for email alerts
  • Links to hints and tips on applications and
Any questions?