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FAQs

Does NHS Careers provide careers literature for schools and careers organisations?

Although NHS Careers does not produce careers literature specifically for schools and careers organisations, we do have a suite of literature, which is appropriate for all ages. We produce three levels of materials:

  • Introductory booklet (A career for you in the NHS), providing an overview of the many careers in the NHS.
  • Careers booklets - an introductory booklet to each of the 10 main career groups - the allied health professions, ambulance service team, dental team, healthcare science, health informatics, management, medicine, midwifery, nursing and the wider healthcare team.
  • A series of careers factsheets providing more detailed information about individual careers or groups of careers e.g. physiotherapy, microbiology and virology, estates services.

All of the above publications can be downloaded from the NHS Careers website. Schools, colleges, universities and other organisations in England can order stocks of our literature by calling us on 0345 60 60 655.

We also have a range of resources to help teachers and careers advisers engage with the people they provide careers advice to.

  • An online toolkit of activities and multimedia resources that support careers education and PSHEE at Key Stage 4.
  • A guide to work experience in the NHS, with practical examples of how work experience needs have been accommodated in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • A course finder which lists all clinical courses leading to professional registration.
  • A termly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest changes and developments in the various health professions.
  • Bulk ordering facility for literature and promotional materials and a specific point of contact for teachers and careers advisers.

A couple of my students said that they’d heard about an apprenticeship in midwifery. Do these exist?

You cannot train to be a midwife by solely taking an apprenticeship as anyone wanting to practice as a midwife will need to complete a pre-registration midwifery degree programme approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

There are some apprenticeships in healthcare which could enable the apprentice to achieve appropriate qualifications for entry onto a midwifery degree programme, but any potential applicant should check with universities before embarking on the apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ and the National Apprenticeships website http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/.

Where can I find job vacancies in the NHS?

Job vacancies with NHS organisations in England and Wales can be found on the NHS Jobs website http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

What is available on the NHS Careers website?

NHS Careers has four websites:

  • www.nhscareers.nhs.uk is our main website and provides details about the 300 plus careers in the NHS, including information on the roles, training, pay, entry requirements, case studies and further sources of information. There is also a course finder tool to identify universities that are approved to run clinical courses leading to statutory registration (e.g. nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene etc). You can also download our literature from the site and there is a dedicated area for teachers and careers advisers with downloadable resources, information about our annual schools' competition and Update newsletter.
  • www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk is part of our programme for students in secondary and further education. The website features case studies, an A-Z of roles available in the NHS, videos and a personality quiz to help students map their careers. Students can register with the programme to receive personalised information about the careers which interest them, regular communications on a range of topics and careers, access to practical help and advice on finding work experience in the NHS and much more.
  • www.whatcanidowithmydegree.nhs.uk is our careers website for undergraduates and recent graduates to support them in their choices about future employment. It provides information on the career prospects on offer in the NHS based on degree disciplines, case studies of graduates now working in the NHS and signposting and practical tools to help students investigate the possibilities of working in the NHS as their next step. Students can also sign up for job alerts delivered straight to their mailbox from NHS Jobs.
  • www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nursing promotes the wide range of nursing careers available, challenges misconceptions and encourages people to consider a career in nursing. It features an interactive personality quiz to help individuals explore their suitability to a nursing career, video interviews, cases studies and a suite of downloadable materials to help you promote careers in nursing within your school, college or university.

Can someone from the NHS come into my school/college and give a careers talk to my students? Can someone represent the NHS at my forthcoming careers event?

Unfortunately, NHS Careers is not resourced to attend events at individual schools or colleges.

The NHS is currently made up of over 400 separate organisations in England and each is an employer in its own right. These organisations include acute (hospital) trusts, ambulance service trusts, mental health trusts and primary care trusts. You could approach your local NHS trust(s) and ask them if they can provide a representative. When contacting your local trust, you should ask to speak to someone in the human resources department, voluntary services or learning and development departments. You may be referred to a specific person within the trust whose role may include this type of work. Details of NHS organisations in England can be found on the NHS Choices website. If you are in Wales, visit www.wales.nhs.uk.

You could also see if your local university run NHS-funded/healthcare courses, and approach them. They may not be able to provide an overview of the range of careers in the NHS, but you could supplement any input with literature from NHS Careers.

How can my students get work experience in the NHS?

Giving students and others the chance to experience work within healthcare can present challenges for some NHS organisations. Quality of care and patient confidentiality are paramount, so careful consideration has to be given to where work experience students can go, when they can come and what they can do.

There are a few things to be aware of:

  • NHS healthcare in England is currently provided by around 1000 individual organisations and each is an employer in its own right with responsibility for its own policies on employment, work experience, volunteering etc. There are significant differences in approach to providing work experience across the NHS.
  • There are different types of NHS organisations - including hospital (acute) trusts, mental health trusts, ambulance service trusts, community-based providers and social enterprises. The NHS in your area may well be represented by at least three or four different trusts and any or all of these could offer work experience opportunities.
  • Students who have registered with our Step into the NHS programme can access our smart guide to finding work experience and see what other students have done on their work experience placements in the NHS.
  • If you are responsible for organising work experience in schools or colleges, you may find our toolkit for work experience coordinators helpful.
  • If your students are seeking some sort of caring experience, then the NHS is just one possible place they could try. There are independent healthcare providers, including private hospitals, clinics, care homes, nurseries, a whole host of charities and volunteering organisations, such as http://www.volunteering.org.uk/, http://www.csv.org.uk/ and http://www.do-it.org.uk/.

For students interested in work experience within NHS Wales please visit: www.weds.wales.nhs.uk/work-experience

How can I help my students who are taking/planning to take a degree and want to work in the NHS afterwards?

In terms of information on particular careers, our main NHS Careers website has lots of information.

We also have a website http://www.whatcanidowithmydegree.nhs.uk/ designed specifically for undergraduates, recent graduates or anyone wanting to get an idea of the sort of NHS careers they could pursue with a degree. It provides information on career prospects based on degree subjects, signposting and practical tools to help students investigate the possibilities of working in the NHS as their next step.

What financial support is available to students?

The NHS currently provides financial support to students on approved pre-registration courses in nursing, midwifery, most of the allied health professions, dental hygiene, dental nursing, medicine, dentistry, some audiology courses (where these still exist) and dentistry courses. The type of support varies, depending on the career and the course.

For more information, visit the NHS Student Bursaries website where you'll also be able to find student specific FAQs.

Financial support in Wales is slightly different. For details, please visit this site: www.weds.wales.nhs.uk/finance