Think that the NHS has only got clinical careers to offer? Think again.
The NHS has more than 350 different roles available in a wide variety of areas. Whatever your experience, qualifications or interests, the NHS has a position that could be suitable for you. Whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, getting involved in Step into Health is a step towards a career within the NHS.
It’s not just the experience you have, but the skills that matter too. The NHS values the transferable skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication that are a part of military life.
Different skills gained from serving in the Armed Forces or being part of the community could be linked across to different roles within the NHS. To read more about what is available, visit the Health Careers webpage or NHSScotland Careers and see how your experience in the Armed Forces compares to what’s available in the NHS.
Unsure what role would be best for you? Use the Find Your Career tool and answer questions about your skills and experience to see where your future career could take you.
Read our case study examples of those who have made the successful transition to an NHS career or find out more information on how to secure a work placement.
Development and training
NHS organisations recognise that skills can be developed further through some of the training and career opportunities that are available.
There is a wide variety of apprenticeships within the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical, so if you are interested in re-training and finding a new career path, see the government’s apprenticeship hub for more details.
Here are just a couple of profiles of roles available in the NHS.
Estates managers are responsible for managing and maintaining NHS properties to make sure they are safe for patients, staff and visitors. As an estates manager, you’re responsible for day-to-day estates operations including:
- property transactions (buying and selling)
- organising repairs and maintenance
- project managing building and renovations.
In many hospitals and trusts, you’re also responsible for facilities management. This can include domestic and hotel services, catering and laundry. You will have some contact with clinical staff, but little or no contact with patients.
As an engineer, you could work in different departments using your engineering skills in different ways. Engineering roles include:
- Biomedical engineer – maintaining and managing medical equipment in operating theatres, intensive care, neonatal units, accident & emergency or radiology.
- Plant maintenance engineer – making sure that water supplies and drainage, electrical systems, boilers and alarms are working well within NHS buildings.
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineer – making sure all hospital areas are safe to use and kept at the right temperature, to keep patients warm or vital supplies cool.
- Prosthetic engineer – creating and maintaining artificial limbs (prosthetics).
- Building services engineer – overseeing the installation and maintenance of systems within buildings, including lighting, lifts, communications and security.