Q&A with Alan Simmons, a health careers specialist
Health & Social Care An interview to dispel common myths and answer those pressing question you've never wanted to ask.
Q1: Do I have to get a degree to work in the health sector?
"No, in fact around a half of the NHS workforce doesn’t have a degree or professional qualification, so there are opportunities at different levels for most people."
Q2: Are there jobs in health that don’t involve seeing blood?
"Definitely. There are jobs in some patient-facing roles like speech and language therapists and many others in areas such as administration, estates maintenance, catering and IT. Essentially, whatever skills you have, it's likely the NHS needs them!"
Q3: What do I need to work in the health sector?
"The qualifications and experience you need will vary depending on the role, but whether you’re applying for a job, apprenticeship or course with placements in the NHS, you’ll need to show how your values match those of the NHS."
Q4: What types of apprenticeship are available?
"Intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships are already available in many careers in clinical and non-clinical roles, and apprenticeships are available in social care too. Degree apprenticeships in clinical roles such as nursing and occupational therapy will be piloted later this year with more on the horizon."
Q5: Where can I find vacancies in the health sector?
"For the health sector in general, search www.gov.uk/jobsearch; for the NHS www.jobs.nhs.uk; and local authorities – www.lgjobs.com. For apprenticeships, search www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeships"
Q6: Where can I find more information about the different roles in the health sector?
"Visit www.healthcareers.nhs.uk for careers information about roles in the NHS and in public health."