Careers A-Z

  • Ambulance care assistant/Patient transport service (PTS) driver

    Ambulance care assistant will drive disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to and from outpatient clinics, daycare centres and routine hospital admissions.

  • Anaesthetics

    Huge advances in the science and techniques of anaesthesia have been instrumental in enabling some of the long and complex surgical procedures which are now commonplace.

  • Anatomical pathology

    Healthcare science staff working in anatomical pathology work in mortuaries.

  • Arts therapists

    Arts therapists use art, music or drama to help people with a range of difficulties.

  • Assistant technical officer

    Assistant technical officers work in healthcare science in a variety of roles to treat and diagnose diseases.

  • Audiology

    Healthcare science staff specialising in audiology identify and assess hearing and balance function and their associated disorders.

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  • Biomedical science

    Biomedical scientists carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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  • Cardiac sciences

    This page outlines the healthcare science area of cardiac sciences, including information on entry requirements and training programmes.

  • Cardiographer

    This page describes the role of cardiographers, including information on entry requirements, training and career prospects.

  • Cardiovascular medicine

    Cardiovascular medicine (formerly known as cardiology) is a clinically based specialty, which encompasses the diagnosis, assessment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease.

  • Chef, cook and assistant

    This page introduces the roles of chef, head chef, assistant chef and catering assistant.

  • Chaplain

    This page describes the role of chaplains in the NHS.

  • Children's nursing

    Introduction to child nursing.

  • Clinical engineer

    A clinical engineer or bio-engineer designs equipment for monitoring, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation or research.

  • Clinical immunology

    This page introduces the field of clinical immunology, and includes information on entry requirements and training.

  • Communications and corporate affairs

    This page introduces communications and corporate affairs.

  • Counsellor

    This page describes the work of counsellors and what qualifications may be needed for such a role

  • Critical care science

    This page describes the work of healthcare science staff working in critical care science.

  • Chiropodist/podiatrist

    A description of the role of a chiropodist/podiatrist.

  • Clinical informatics

    Clincial informaticians manage patient data and clinical knowledge that supports clinicians and other professionals.

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  • Dental hygienist

    While dentists concentrate on treating tooth and gum conditions, the dental hygienist (sometimes also known as an oral health practitioner) has a vital role in helping to prevent problems from arising.

  • Dental nurse

    A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patient care, this includes getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort.

  • Dental technician/dental technologist

    Dental technicians (or dental technologists as they are often referred to) make the dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients appearance, speech and their ability to chew.

  • Dental therapist

    Dental therapists (sometimes also known as oral health practitioners) are the rarest members of the dental team, with approximately 380 on the General Dental Council Roll in 2002.

  • Dietitian

    Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of nutrition science to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle in health and disease.

  • Doctors

    Find out more about a career diagnosing, caring for and treating illnesses, infections, diseases and the well-being of people.

  • Donor carer

    This page describes the role of donor carers, gives entry requirements, training and pay information, and gives the contact details of the National Blood Service.

  • Dramatherapist

    Dramatherapy makes use of role play, voice work, myth, ritual and storytelling.

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  • Financial management

    This page describes financial management, including a number of examples of roles and jobs, and the usual entry requirements.

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  • Gardeners and grounds staff

    This page describes the role of gardeners and grounds staff in the NHS.

  • Gastrointestinal physiology

    This page describes the role of healthcare science staff working in gastrointestinal physiology, including information on entry requirements and training.

  • General management

    This page introduces general management and focuses on how people go into this area from various different backgrounds.

  • General practice

    General practitioners (GPs) work in primary care and are part of a clinical commissioning group (CCG) which have responsibility for purchasing healthcare from secondary healthcare providers, such as acute/hospital and community/mental health trusts and the independent and voluntary sector.

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  • Health promotion specialist

    This page describes the role of health promotion staff, how to get into this career and the skills required.

  • Health records staff

    This page describes the work of health/medical records staff and describes a number of specific job roles.

  • Health visiting

    Information about what health visitors do

  • High intensity therapist

    This page describes the role and work of the high intensity therapist.

  • Hospital play staff

    This page describes the role of hospital play staff in the NHS, including information on entry requirements and training.

  • Housekeeper

    This page describes the work of housekeepers.

  • Human resources (HR) management

    This page introduces human resources management, providing description of many job roles, and the usual entry requirements for working in this area.

  • Healthcare assistant

    Here you will find information on the role of the healthcare assistant, training, development, and possible secondment opportunities.

  • Health records and patient administrators

    Health informatics opportunites in health records and patient administration

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  • Information and communication technology (ICT) staff

    ICT staff are responsible for the development, management and support of the ICT infrastructure at an NHS organisation, including the internal and external electronic communication networks, including:  wide area networks (WANs) and local area networks (LANs) that link the operational systems within healthcare organisations  the hardware e.

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  • Microbiology

    Microbiology is the study of organisms (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) that cause infections.

  • Mental health nursing

    Mental health nursing is often complex, demanding and very rewarding.

  • Music therapist

    Music therapy aims to facilitate positive changes in behaviour and emotional well-being and is essentially a social activity involving communication, listening and sharing.

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  • Neurophysiology

    Neurophysiology is concerned with the investigation of function in the central and peripheral nervous system.

  • Neurosurgery

    Neurosurgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of pathological processes, which affect the nervous system.

  • Nursery nurse/nursery assistant

    This page outlines the role of nursery nurses and nursery assistants working in the NHS.

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  • Obstetrics and gynaecology

    Obstetrics and gynaecology comprises the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women.

  • Occupational therapist

    Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.

  • Ophthalmology

    Ophthalmology is the medical and surgical management of conditions of the eye and its adenexa.

  • Ophthalmic and vision science

    This page describes the role of an optometrist, including information on training and entry requirements.

  • Orthodontics

    This page describes the branch of dentistry known as orthodontics.

  • Orthopaedic technician

    This page describes the work of orthopaedic technicians

  • Orthoptist

    This page introduces the role of the orthoptist.

  • Occupational therapy support worker

    This page describes the role of the occupational therapy assistant, and then describes the entry requirements.

  • Operating department practice

    Operating department staff provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues before, during and after an operation.

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  • Paediatrics

    Paediatrics offers a career in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding area of medicine.

  • Painter

    This page describes the role of painters and decorators

  • Paramedic

    A paramedic is the senior healthcare professional at an accident or a medical emergency.

  • Pathology

    Pathologists specialise in the detection of disease through the use of a variety of investigative techniques.

  • Pharmacist

    This page provides an introduction to the role of pharmacist.

  • Pharmacy technician

    This page describes the role of pharmacy technicians and where they work.

  • Phlebotomist

    This page describes the role of a phlebotomist, the entry requirements and training, and also gives contact details for organisations that provide further information.

  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner

    This page describes the role of the psychological wellbeing practitioner

  • Physiotherapist

    This page describes the role of a physiotherapist

  • Porter

    This page describes the role of porter in the NHS.

  • Practice management

    Practice managers work in primary care, where they manage the overall running of general practices (GP surgeries).

  • Prosthetist and orthotist

    Prosthetists and orthotists provide care for anyone requiring an artificial limb (prosthesis) or a device to support or control part of the body (orthosis).

  • Psychiatry

    Psychiatrists deal with mental health.

  • Psychologist

    This page provides an introduction to psychology and what psychologists do.

  • Psychotherapist

    This page provides an overview of the field of psychotherapy and the work of psychotherapists. It includes information on adult psychotherapy, child psychotherapy, and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

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  • Tiler

    This page introduces the work of tilers in the NHS.

  • Theatre support worker

    This page describes the role of theatre support worker

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  • Urology

    The specialty attracts patients with a wide breadth of pathology including malignancy, functional abnormalities including bladder outflow obstruction and incontinence, stone disease and infection.

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  • Vascular science

    This page outlines the work of healthcare scientists working in vascular science.

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